The port looks almost festive as the evening settles in. The last rays of the setting sun reflect off a shimmering mass of silver and gold.
Yet this is anything but a festive occasion.
The silver and gold reflections are from emergency blankets. They are wrapped around the shoulders of people who, only hours ago, were bobbing in small boats on the surface of the Mediterranean.
These people have travelled over what is currently the deadliest known route in the world for migrants making a bid for safety: the journey from Libya to Italy by sea.
So far, 2,521 people have died this year attempting the crossing.