Migrants hijack the vessel, threaten the crew and get what they demand

On Jun 6, over 400 migrants held offshore on four tourist boats were allowed to disembark in Malta, after migrants on board of one of these boats, EUROPA II, rioted and effectively, hijacked the boat, holding the crew on the bridge, threatening them with stolen knives and giving Malta authorities half an hour to meet their demand of immediate disembarkation. They threatened to blow up gas cylinder and start fire on board, as if taking boat under their control and threatening crew weren’t enough, to deliver their message. Malta capitulated, all boats were allowed to enter harbor and disembark all migrants.
Comment:
“Punishing weather and a five-week imprisonment out at sea pushed people on the brink of sanity” – that’s how media explain acts of serious crimes, committed by migrants. As if they were invited, pleaded to come to Europe, but instead of warm welcome and five-star hotels accommodations, they found themselves secluded on board of boats. They felt they were deceived? As if seamen all throughout the world don’t go through the same ordeal, being secluded on board of their ships for months, with the only difference between seamen and illegal migrants the former being honest hard-working men, while the latter, being illegal as they are, behaving themselves like thugs and pirates.
Understood nobody among migrants was detained, interrogated and charged with life-threatening crimes of kidnap and hijack. They’re untouchables, they’re immune to all and every laws. Don’t you make any mistakes here – migrants did get a tip-off on a new technology or scheme to reach Europe. If picked up by merchant ships, they may hijack the ships and the crews, and demand immediate landing, without any fear of possible prosecution. If anything, they’ll be hailed by media as modern heroes in epic fight against racism and slavery. It’s BLM time now, remember?
A year or so ago there was a trial in one of EU countries. A group of migrants were put on trial for the crime of brutal rape of 10-year boy, in public swimming pool. Their advocate said in court, that they did what they did, because they were in a state of “sexual emergency”. I’m curious, what will happen, if migrants “rescued” by merchant ship, will find themselves in a state of sexual emergency, and try to treat this emergency, using crew members. There are many seamen around, capable of self-defense, a lot of street-wise tough guys, who’d beat anyone sexually distressed to a pulp. The problem is, will these seamen be prosecuted, for excessive violence and act of racism? I won’t be surprised.
Just asking – when it was last time European waters were so lawless, and dangerous for merchant shipping? In Dark Ages, probably?
Passenger vessel EUROPA II, IMO 8800717, GT 265, built 1987, flag Malta, owner CAPTAIN MORGAN LEISURE.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.