Spanish Research Ship Invades Gibraltar's Territory

Britain is to summon Spain's ambassador following what it said was a serious incursion into Gibraltar's territorial waters by a Spanish research vessel.

The Spanish vessel, RV Ramon Margalef, carried out surveying activity in British Gibraltar's territorial waters on Nov. 18-19 for over 20 hours.

Tuesday's dispute is the third time that Britain has summoned the Spanish ambassador in relation to Gibraltar since Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government took office in December 2011.

Spain, which ceded Gibraltar to Britain in a treaty three centuries ago, wants to reclaim the territory, which is currently under the jurisdiction of the UK government.

Story courtesy of the Maritime Executive, for the full article click here

exactAIS® tracking of the Ramon Margalaf shows the ship entering into the Strait of Gibraltar on November 17. The vessel was then picked up again on the 21st, indicating they may have turned off their AIS between the 18th and 19th of November.

Ramon Margalaf

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