LUQA, MALTA - JUNE 21: Vessels navigating in the Maltese waters (orange oval) are shown on the monitor of the Vessel Traffic Management Information System at the Rescue Coordination Center in the Armed Forces of Malta base in Luqa on June 21, 2011. The Rescue Coordination Center receives information about boats and vessels movements as well as SOS requests in the Maltese waters and the SAR (Search and Rescue) waters. Malta's competence of coordination of the SAR waters is 25,000 square nautical miles, which also includes the Italian island of Lampedusa. The vast Maltese SAR waters correspond to the Maltese Flight Information Region (FIR).
Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times