MOAS began operating in the central Mediterranean in 2014. Since then we have rescued and assisted in the rescue of more than 33,000 people. We are proud to have inspired other organizations to assist in the attempt to save lives at sea.
At the end of the 2015 migrant season, with the presence of three rescue ships operated by nongovernmental organizations near Libya’s offshore Bouri oilfield and numerous naval vessels patrolling the area, MOAS decided to relocate Phoenix to the Bay of Bengal and prepare for the ‘sailing season’ in south-east Asia, where MOAS will be the only private search-and-rescue asset.
The movement of people from Zuwarah, Libya, towards Italy drops dramatically as the weather cools and the waves increase. In the spring of 2016 MOAS will return to the central Mediterranean to resume its search-and-rescue activities.
Your support has transformed MOAS into a global foundation that is proud to deploy more than 90% of donated funds to mitigate loss of life at sea.