The vessel will replace the football stadium where violence broke out earlier this week. The Greek island has hundreds of migrants, many fleeing war, arriving everyday.
A cruise ship has arrived in Kos intended to temporarily house 2,500. It will have 110 crew members and is reportedly costing 500,000 euros.
Reports have said the vessel, paid for by the Greek government, will provide assistance exclusively to Syrians – authorities said people fleeing Syria’s civil war would be treated as refugees but those of other nationalities were considered migrants.