Past Missions – Andaman Sea
As Autumn weather in late 2015 caused a decrease in migrant crossings in the central Mediterranean, MOAS repositioned the MY Phoenix to the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. From January to May 2016, the vessel monitored and assisted with rescues along this south-east Asian sea route.
Refugees and migrants travel 1,500 nautical miles south from the bay to find hope and jobs in Malaysia. Many of these people are lured aboard trawlers and held for ransom. In some cases, when they make landfall, they are held again for ransom. Unlike other areas of the world, the Andaman route generates numerous migrant fatalities from brutal conditions and murders both at sea and on land.
Although the International Organization for Migration estimated that the mortality rate on the Andaman route to be 1.2% in 2015, MOAS believes that the death and disappearance rates are much higher, based on research in Rohingya refugee camps, interviews conducted by nongovernmental organizations and the lack of independent monitoring.
Our experienced search-and-rescue team worked closely with stakeholders in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Currently, MOAS operates in the Central Mediterranean.