ONBOARD SOS MEDITERRANEE Activities and observations of our rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean

This online logbook intends to provide information on the past and ongoing operations of the Ocean Viking. The logbook entries are not updated live but as regularly as possible by our teams who are currently engaged in search and rescue operations at sea.

On December 5, the Ocean Viking leaves the port of Marseille. After performing some rescue drills on her way south, the Ocean Viking has to seek shelter in the port of Syracuse, Italy, on December 9 due to bad weather conditions.

On December 13, the Ocean Viking leaves the port of Syracuse.

On December 16, the Ocean Viking rescues 114 people from a rubber boat in distress in the international waters of the Libyan Search and Rescue Region (SRR).

On December 17, after a 23h-search of a boat in distress and no coordination from the authorities, Ocean Viking is informed that the boat has been intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard.

On December 24, after seven requests for a Place of Safety, Ocean Viking is instructed to proceed to Trapani, Italy, to disembark the 114 survivors.

On December 25, the disembarkation of the 114 survivors is completed.

 

Search

June 17, 2018
August 15, 2018
August 17, 2018
September 30, 2018
December 12, 2018
December 31, 2018
12:00

Aquarius is returned to its owner as the charter party terminates

August 23, 2019
September 14, 2019
September 24, 2019
October 8, 2019
October 16, 2019
October 30, 2019
November 19, 2019
November 28, 2019
December 20, 2019
January 17, 2020
January 24, 2020
February 23, 2020
July 7, 2020
July 22, 2020
February 26, 2021
April 7, 2021
May 16, 2021
September 3, 2021
October 5, 2021
November 12, 2021
December 5, 2021
16:21

Ocean Viking leaves the port of Marseille.

December 6, 2021
12:00

Ocean Viking recovers RHIBs.

14:10

Ocean Viking resumes drills at sea.

December 7, 2021
16:44

Ocean Viking completes drills and recovers RHIBs.

December 9, 2021
18:09

Ocean Viking is berthed in Syracuse, Italy.

December 13, 2021
13:05

Ocean Viking leaves the port of Syracuse.

20:46

Drill completed.

December 15, 2021
19:31

Geo Barents acknowledges the message by email and informs about the intention to proceed towards the target (located 11NM away).

20:47

Geo Barents reports by email to be in position and starts a search pattern.

23:00

Ocean Viking starts a search pattern.

December 16, 2021
03:03

Geo Barents informs that the area has been searched and the boat reported in distress was not found. Geo Barents resumes navigation.

03:36

Ocean Viking informs that she is resuming navigation. New positions of the boat in distress are received from Alarm Phone.

04:28

Ocean Viking informs that she is proceeding towards the last known position of the boat in distress.

06:00

Ocean Viking in position 33 21.4N / 12 21.3E has visual contact with the rubber boat in distress and launches RHIBs.

06:44

Ocean Viking is in VHF contact with the Libyan coastguard on scene. Libyan coastguard vessel remains on standby during the rescue.

06:54

Ocean Viking’s RHIBs start the evacuation of survivors to the Ocean Viking.

07:30

All 114 survivors are safely onboard Ocean Viking. The rescue is completed.

Latitude: 33.351944
Longitude: 12.367778
07:36

Ocean Viking informs by email JRCC Tripoli about the completion of the rescue.

08:00

Ocean Viking resumes navigation and waits for further instructions.

10:24

Ocean Viking sends a Maritime Incident Report and request for a Place of Safety to LYJRCC with ITMRCC and MTRCC in copy.

13:00

Ocean Viking acknowledges the message and proceeds towards the boat in distress. Ocean Viking tried to call JRCC Tripoli three times to get information on the case, to no avail.

17:06

Ocean Viking calls JRCC Tripoli, no answer.

17:18

Ocean Viking calls ITMRCC to get information from an airplane with AIS SART signal circling above the estimated position of the boat in distress. No information is given.

17:31

Ocean Viking informs JRCC Tripoli and ITMRCC by email, with ITMRCC and RCC Malta in copy, that she tried to call four more times JRCC Tripoli to have information on the distress case, to no avail.

17:41

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to JRCC Tripoli with an updated position of the boat in distress.

19:45

Ocean Viking calls JRCC Tripoli, duty officer not available.

19:56

Ocean Viking emails JRCC Tripoli, with ITMRCC and RCC Malta in copy, requesting information on the case, to no avail.

20:40

Ocean Viking calls RCC Malta, no information is given.

December 17, 2021
06:23

Ocean Viking calls JRCC Tripoli, no answer.

06:25

Ocean Viking calls RCC Malta, no answer.

06:38

Ocean Viking sends an email to JRCC Tripoli, with ITMRCC and RCC Malta in copy, requesting for urgent aerial assistance to find the boat in distress, to no avail.

08:31

Ocean Viking calls JRCC Tripoli. One Arabic speaker answers, no information given.

08:36

Ocean Viking calls RCC Malta, no answer.

08:42

Ocean Viking calls ITMRCC, no information given, refers to JRCC Tripoli.

09:44

Ocean Viking calls RCC Malta, no answer.

09:48

Ocean Viking calls JRCC Tripoli, no answer.

10:09

Ocean Viking calls RCC Malta, no answer.

11:06

Ocean Viking receives an email from Alarm Phone informing that the boat in distress has been intercepted by the LCG yesterday evening at 18:00.

11:12

Ocean Viking resumes navigation.

December 18, 2021
07:12

Ocean Viking spots an empty wooden boat in position 33 40,1 N 011 45,0 E

13:58

Ocean Viking spots an empty wooden boat in position 33 48,6 N 011 44,7 E

December 19, 2021
December 20, 2021
December 21, 2021
December 22, 2021
December 23, 2021
December 24, 2021
16:20

Ocean Viking is instructed to proceed to Trapani for the disembarkation of survivors.

December 25, 2021
11:20

Ocean Viking docks in the port of Trapani.

13:40

The disembarkation of 114 survivors is completed in Trapani.

January 10, 2022
10:00

PSC officers arrive onboard Ocean Viking to start an inspection.

21:00

The inspection is over. Ocean Viking is detained.