Navy reinforces surveillance on the Algarve coast

in News · 31-07-2020 17:08:00 · 3 Comments

The Navy has stepped up surveillance on the country's south coast with a speedy surveillance boat to improve "patrol efforts".

The speedboat and the corvette António Enes maintain the "maritime search and rescue mission in the search and rescue region of Lisbon" and "optimise the patrol and surveillance effort in that area", increase "coverage capacity and early warning of possible irregularities", reads a Navy information.

In response to questions from Lusa about the measures taken or to be taken after the arrival of yet another group of Moroccan migrants, on 21 July, the Navy states that the "episodes that occurred on the Algarve coast, related to vessels transporting people on board in a condition of overcrowding, highlighting the need to increase maritime surveillance of areas of national responsibility".

“This reinforcement in the Southern Maritime Zone aims to increase the capacity for detection, location, identification and timely reaction, always with a view to preserving maritime safety and safeguarding human life at sea”, reads the document.

The reinforcement of means of maritime surveillance in conjunction with the National Maritime Authority is still under analysis, as a result of the “synergies that result from the support of the Navy to this entity” to “guarantee adequate levels of safety for those who walk at sea”.

The Navy does not comment on the existence or not of a new immigration route to the Algarve.


I knew Português were both devout Catholics and seafaring peoples but I didn't know walking at sea was a common past time.

By Kari Lehto from Other on 02-08-2020 06:11

Il faut décourager à tout prix les marocains de se rendre au Portugal par voie cela réussit pour eux au début, il faut s'attendre à une invasion massive prochaine avec toutes les conséquences négatives pour la population portugaise!

By Miguel Scuermans from Algarve on 01-08-2020 09:26

When we had Russian war ships crossing our seas on their way to Syria, Navy, Portuguese gvrt did nothing to deter them. But for this, Naval deterrence. Blood on our hands, much? Should we become like Libya in order to please the E.U>.´s "humanitarian&European values"?

By guida from Lisbon on 01-08-2020 07:35
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