Shipping’s involvement in the refugee crisis is bittersweet, says ICS

Reduction in migrants picked up by Merchant ships, but death toll rising.
The pressure exerted on merchant shipping by the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean is easing off, according to latest figures, but the secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has expressed disappointment that the death toll is rising.
Some 555 refugees and migrants have been picked up by merchant vessels in the Mediterranean so far this year – a huge reduction compared to the 3,717 that were taken onboard ships during 2015, Jan-Christoph Napierski, a representative of the Danish delegation to NATO, told the ICS conference in London today.
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