Maria Dolores;San Ġwann;York: Libya rescues
The Virtu Ferries catamaran Maria Dolores berthed with 599 Koreans on board. The trip from Tripoli to Malta was chartered by Hyundai and shortly after their arrival in Malta, the passengers were transferred to the Intercontinental Hotel until they can fly back to their country.
The same company’s catamaran San Ġwann left the port of Sirte in Libya at 3.15pm local time and was expected to berth in Valletta at 2am last night. A total of 136 people, as part of the Hyundai-chartered operation, were on board.
There were no plans for the catamarans to leave Malta again by yesterday evening.
HMS York has been delivering medical supplies provided by the Swedish authorities to Benghazi. Also onboard the British ship was Anders Nordmark, a medical coordinator with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap – MSB).
"We were lying at the pier for a few hours. I had gone through all the medicine and ensured that it was given to the right people," he told TT.
Around 1.3 tonnes of medicine and hospital equipment was left in Benghazi. ‘We’ve been operating off the Libyan coast for the last five or six days in a number of operations,’ said Cdr Staley. He said he could not go in to details of exactly what the Type 42 destroyer has been doing The ship is expected to refuel in Malta and return to sea to be available for further missions.