Welcome to MOAS

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 Defense, with a distinguished Board of Advisers.

Learn more about the project by watching the videos.

Lives saved so far

What saving lives looks like: MOAS’ First Mission 2015

The M.Y. Phoenix returned after three weeks at sea. In six separate rescues, almost 1,500 people, among them babies, unaccompanied children, pregnant women and young men – mostly from Eritrea, Syria and Sub-Saharan, were rescued.

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Christopher Catrambone blog

Countdown to MOAS 2015

Spring has come to the Mediterranean. The days are sunny, the wind has died down, and the seas are calm. And people are dying.

Since Friday, the Italian coast guard and navy as well as some […]

How Many People Will Drown in the Mediterranean This Year?

In round-the-clock rescue missions just off Libya’s coast this week, Italian Coast Guard vessels aided by commercial cargo ships rescued 941 migrants including people and 10 bodies from a capsized vessel reported by an oil […]