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.

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

  • FEBRUARY 2024

    FEBRUARY 2024

    1 February Humanity 1 spots an overcrowded wooden boat with 64 people. Survivors are brought on board and the distant port of Marina di Carrara, 1.200 kilometers away, is assigned. The NGO vessel notified relevant authorities of distress case, including…

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  • JANUARY 2024

    JANUARY 2024

    3 January Open Arms rescues two boats adrift with 6 and 52 people on board, one of which first contacted the AlarmPhone for assistance. After disembarkation in Salerno two days later, a 17 and 20-year-old are arrested, accused of having…

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  • NOVEMBER 2023

    NOVEMBER 2023

    3 November Ocean Viking assists a boat in distress in the Ionian Sea. During the night, 75 men, women & children are rescued from a sailing boat that departed from Izmir, Turkey. The MSF team rescues 29 men and one…

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