The 'floating hotel' docked near the Refugee Processing Centre at Lombrum on Manus Island, where Australian personnel working at the centre were housed until recently. The ship was due to leave in mid-November when on-shore accommodation was completed.
The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, along with another detention centre on the island of Nauru, was established in the early 2000s as part of Australia's 'Pacific Solution' to its asylum issue. Instead of housing and processing asylum seekers on the Australian mainland, the Australian immigration authorities built the two facilities and continues to operate them through private security companies. They have been marred by controversy with human rights organisations raising concerns about the living conditions of asylum seekers and cases of physical and sexual abuse as well as a number of death occurring over the years.