Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
MOAS is a registered NGO dedicated to mitigating the loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue services along the world’s most dangerous migrant routes. In 2014 and 2015, MOAS rescued and assisted more than 11,600 people in the Mediterranean with its flagship vessel, the Phoenix. In 2016, thanks to the support received from people around the world, the organisation expanded its operations to the Aegean Sea where it operated with a second vessel, the Responder. On 6 June, MOAS launched its third consecutive Central Mediterranean mission, operating with both vessels in the same region for the first time. To date, MOAS has rescued and assisted over 30,000 men, women and children.
The MOAS crews consist of a dedicated and experienced team of sailors, search and rescue professionals and emergency medical responders.
WHAT DOES MOAS DO?
MOAS supports search and rescue efforts at sea by locating vessels in distress. When such a vessel is sighted, MOAS informs the appropriate official maritime rescue coordination centre and helps to determine the vessel’s condition and the needs of those on board. The crew then assists as directed; by providing water, food, lifejackets, blankets, medical evaluations and emergency treatment.
Whenever MOAS is at sea and deems there is imminent danger of loss of life, the organisation assumes its moral and legal obligation and acts to save lives.
WHERE DOES MOAS OPERATE?
In 2014 MOAS launched the first private search and rescue initiative in the Mediterranean. In two ‘sailing season’, the organisation rescued and assisted more than 11,600 men women and children.
On 23 December 2015, MOAS launched its Aegean mission in response to the crisis on the Turkey – Greece border, where countless Syrians where attempting the crossing to reach Europe and seek asylum from the ongoing civil war back home. In just three months, MOAS rescued and assisted 1,869 people.
On 6 June, MOAS returned to the Central Mediterranean with two vessels and a greater capacity than ever to save lives at sea. The mission is currently still in operation, with over 30,000 people having been rescued and assisted.
Thanks to generous donors, MOAS has now become an international NGO able to respond quickly wherever a crisis arises.