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.
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.
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.
MOAS was designed and founded by Christopher and Regina Catrambone in conjunction with search-and-rescue professionals, completing its proof of concept in 2014. This initial 60-day mission was funded through the contributions of our founders and donations from private citizens.
From 2015, MOAS was privately funded through the support of the public, grant-making organizations, crowd-funding initiatives, foundations and corporate sponsorship. Operational partners, such as MSF, Red Cross Italy and the International Federation of the Red Cross, have also been major contributors to our mission.
In October 2016, MOAS received its first grant from the Swiss Development Agency SDC, marking our first contribution from any state-affiliate and further securing MOAS’ long-term sustainability.
To keep our mission sustainable, MOAS relies on donations: you can help by clicking here. If you want to help with fundraising, please get in touch with the MOAS team at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line FAO: Fundraising. While MOAS currently does not have the capacity to accept donations of clothing or food, we do accept donations of maritime/search-and-rescue equipment and technology. For more information, or if you represent a foundation or a private company interested in partnering with MOAS for the purposes for operations, fundraising or advocacy please email us at email@example.com.
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