MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is a registered Foundation (VO/0939) based in Malta. It is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessels.
Equipped with the 40-metre (130 ft) expedition vessel, the Phoenix, two Remote Piloted Aircraft, two RHIBs (rigid-hulled inflatable boats), and a highly experienced team of rescuers and paramedics, MOAS is able to locate, monitor, and assist vessels in distress.
The project - financed by private individuals who believe strongly in mitigating disasters at sea - is led by Martin Xuereb, Malta's former Chief of Defence, with a distinguished Board of Advisors.
Learn more about the project by watching the videos below.
February 26th, 2015
MOAS DONATES MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO MALTA’S MATER DEI HOSPITAL
- Equipment includes a neonatal resuscitator, defibrillator and an infusion pump.
- Medical supplies were originally donated to MOAS by US-based NGO Medical Bridges.
- MOAS praises Mater Dei Hospital staff for the excellent free healthcare provided to refugees over the years.
February 13th, 2015
SEARCH AND RESCUE CHARITY MIGRANT OFFSHORE AID STATION (MOAS) LAUNCHES URGENT FUNDRAISING APPEAL TO EXPAND OPERATIONS AFTER LATEST LAMPEDUSA TRAGEDY
- With reduced EU presence and a surge in migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, 2015 is expected to be the deadliest year yet for refugees
- MOAS plans to spend six months at sea from May to October, depending on the level of public donations
- MOAS founder Regina Catrambone: “In October 2014 we promised this would not happen again... Now in February 2015, 300 more people have drowned.”
- MOAS founder Christopher Catrambone: Commercial vessels are being asked to act as first responders but are not the best placed to deal with such emergencies.
- MOAS director Brig. Ret’d. Martin Xuereb: “This should be a realisation for politicians and the EU to put search and rescue at top of their agenda and really come to terms with the fact that this is a crisis.”
February 11th, 2015
LAMPEDUSA TRAGEDY MARKS START OF DEADLY 2015
- MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) rescued 3000 migrants in 2014
- The Mediterranean Sea is the deadliest border crossing in the world
- With reduced presence in 2015 by the EU’s Frontex, MOAS predicts record deaths in 2015