Mediterranean Refugee Situation

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According to the report the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) in July this year, estimated 137.000 refugees made the crossing over the Mediterranean, which is an increase of 83% on the same period last year. As the second half of the year traditionally sees a big rise in crossings due to calmer weather conditions in summer, chances are hight, that the commercial and private shipping industry will be involved in Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea (LSROS) with all its defiances and perils by transiting the affected maritime areas in the Mediterranean.


Besides the general effects on the commercial shipping industry, private ship owners and operators may also be affected by human trafficking as recent member reports of the Cruising Association outline conflicts with coast state authorities in Southern Europe in the framework of rescuing refugees from the open sea.


It this context it shall be pointed out, that the International Camber of Shipping has updated its guidance on ensuring the safety and security of seafarers and rescued persons this year to call the attention of the management and crew of shipping companies. This guidance offers a general overview and checklists for the topic which is available for free over the shown below button.


Memberships & Partners

Bundesverband für Logistik
Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Logistikinitiative Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


Main Office Sittensen / Germany

Lindenstr. 11, 27419 Sittensen / Germany / Europe

P.O. Box 1417, 27416 Sittensen / Germany / Europe

Phone.: +49 4282 59 40 798

Branch Office Hamburg / Germany

Georgsplatz 1, 4. Floor
20099 Hamburg, Germany, Europe

Harbour City Operations Office

Überseeallee 1, 2. Floor, 20457 Hamburg

Phone.: +49 40 879 79 85 0 

Representative Office Florida / USA

66 West Flagger Street, Suite 900,                                                                                                   Downtown Miami
Miami / Florida 33130
United States of America

Tel.: +1 786 7430733

Representative Office Muscat / Oman

Tamina Building, 02nd Floor
Al Nahdha Road, Wattaya, P.O. Box 395
PC 118 Muskat / Sultanate of Oman / Middle East

Phone: +968 2466 7782

Representative Office Singapur / Singapur

3 Temasek Avenue
Centennial Tower / Level 21 / 039190 Singapore
Republik Singapore / Asia

Tel: +65 65 49 72 09

Representative Office Vilnius / Lithuania 

Gedimino pr.20
Vilnius, Lithuania, LT-01103
East Europe

Phone: +370 520 78892