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Spanish-registered Open Arms lands in Italy and Madrid threatens it with a 900,000 euro fine

  • A further boat, Ocean Viking, with 356 immigrants on board is now awaiting permission to land in Europe after a two-weeks wait

The Open Arms rescue ship was finally able to disembark the almost 100 migrants still remaining on board on Tuesday, after Italy gave permission for it to reach Lampedusa.

However the Spanish-registered vessel is in trouble with Madrid for its rescue activities. The acting deputy prime minister, Carmen Calvo, said on Wednesday that the charity vessel didn't have permission from the government to carry out rescue work and could face a fine of up to 900,000 euros. Calvo said it was only allowed to do humanitarian relief but not rescue. "The captain knows that," she added.

A further boat, Ocean Viking, with 356 immigrants on board is now awaiting permission to land in Europe after a two-weeks wait.