Coordination and documentation platform for people in distress at sea

The Civil MRCC aims to contribute towards creating a network of solidarity in support of people on the move. It supports the fleet of NGOs that have assisted and brought to safety tens of thousands of people since 2014. This was done through maritime rescues carried out by NGO ships, aerial monitoring flights with civil aircrafts, as well as through the Alarm Phone hotline.

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As a growing network of solidarity gathering different non-governmental actors and individuals with Search and Rescue (SAR) experience in the Mediterranean, the CMRCC:

  • Endeavours to hold coastal states accountable for their duty to coordinate search and rescue activities in compliance with human rights principles, and to support ship-masters engaged in sea rescue operations
  • Facilitates and improves an effective cooperation and communication between the different non-state actors engaged in SAR operations at sea
  • Gathers data and information on cases of distress in the Central Mediterranean area, in order to raise public awareness and support advocacy efforts and research

Echoes from the Central Mediterranean

“Echoes” is a critical review between 20 and 30 pages long, published every two months, addressing actors of solidarity at sea as well as any person interested in border struggles. In Echoes, significant aspects of SAR in the Central Mediterranean are reflected upon, actual topics discussed, analysis and research presented, and the self-organized struggles of refugees and migrants highlighted.

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Latest News

  • AUGUST 2022

    AUGUST 2022

    6 August The vessel Astral (Proactiva Open Arms) assists 2 boats underway to Lampedusa. One of these boats is found with the air support of Seabird 1. 8 August After an alert from the Alarm Phone, Seabird 1 is able…

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    Counting the Dead and Missing In recent years, various initiatives have been launched which attempt to count the numerous dead and missing persons at the borders of the European Union. The organization “United” was among the first to try to…

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  • JULY 2022

    JULY 2022

    For July the CMRCC counted a minimum of 158 boats departing from Libya. 72 of these arrived autonomously or with support through the Alarm Phone hotline, while 32 boats were rescued by the civil fleet. For the route from Tunisia…

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