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Avoidable Mediterranean immigrant drownings

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Captain John B. Dalby

Captain John B. Dalby

Captain John B. Dalby has been watching the sadly lacking and uninformed media coverage featuring the sad tragedies that seem to be occurring on a daily basis in the Med. This is what we has sent us:

What astounds me is that the EU is approaching this in completely the wrong way – relying on ineffective (and VERY short range) seaborne resources to find, identify and assist the immigrants – usually too late to be of real use.
So what’s missing from the so-called SAR mix currently employed:
  • Detect and deter migrants BEFORE embarkation in Libya
  • Identify and track any passages
  • Predict course and destination
  • All this with one hour’s notice
Her are some facts and figures about Globalert’s capabilities:
From departure Catania to arrival Tunisia/Libya border – 1 hour
Patrol (loiter) Libyan coastlineat 10, 000 feet (outside weapons range) down to 1, 000 feet between Tunisian/Libya border to Libya/Egypt border
Each 360 mile patrol takes 2 hours at loiter speed
Endurance on patrol – 6 hours +
Area covered on continuous sensor sweeps – 125, 000 square miles
Detection range – soft drinks can – 10 miles
                          RIB – 20 miles
                          Medium sized vessel – 100 miles
Coastguard vessel detection ranges less than 40 miles and area of <1, 500 miles.
With military grade sensors, this represents the ideal solution and is both effective and cost-effective.
He has sent and we attach MRM’s generic Quad Chart and White Paper. As you’ll see, their business model obviates the need for any government to indulge in heavy capital expenditure – essential in these days of austerity and defence cuts.

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