ONBOARD SOS MEDITERRANEE Activities and observations of our rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean
July 27, 2022
21:05

Ocean Viking sends an email to Malta RCC, with ITMRCC in copy, to inform about the situation.

19:50

Ocean Viking calls Malta RCC to ask for further information on the distress case. Duty officer copies the information and answers that Malta RCC has not updates on the case.

16:40

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC, with ITMRCC in copy, to inform about the situation.

16:00

Ocean Viking calls via Satellite Phone the Malta RCC to inform about the situation. The duty officer requests to send an email.

July 25, 2022
14:30

Ocean Viking sends an email to Tripoli JRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, to inform about the situation.

14:15

Ocean Viking receives a VHF contact from aircraft ‘Osprey2’ relaying a Mayday for an embarkation in distress. Ocean Viking replies that she will proceed with all possible speed toward the distress case.

10:28

Ocean Viking sends an email to Tripoli JRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, to inform about the situation.

10:25

Ocean Viking launches the Rhibs to investigate the situation.

10:18

Ocean Viking calls Tripoli JRCC via Satellite Phone. An operator answers and copies all the information.

10:10

Ocean Viking spots a boat on the horizon, possibly in distress.

09:20

Ocean Viking calls Tripoli JRCC via Satellite Phone. No answer.

09:00

Ocean Viking receives a call on Channel 16 from an unknown fishing boat not in sight about a boat in distress in the vicinity.

July 24, 2022
18:35

Ocean Viking sends an email to Tripoli JRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, to update about the situation.

18:00

Ocean Viking sends an email to Tripoli JRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, to update about the situation.

17:50

Ocean Viking spots a rubber boat, possibly in distress. Rhibs are launched to assess the situation.

17:00

Ocean Viking sends an email to Tripoli JRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, to update about the situation.

16:43

Ocean Viking alters course and heads to the distress case, at about 20NM away.

16:30

Ocean Viking calls Tripoli JRCC via Satellite Phone. No answer.

15:49

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to the relevant authorities alerting to a boat in distress. 

13:17

Ocean Viking sends an email to Tripoli JRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, to update about the situation.

13:15

Ocean Viking calls Tripoli JRCC via Satellite Phone. No answer.

13:02

Ocean Viking sends an email to Tripoli JRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, to update about the situation.

13:00

Ocean Viking calls Tripoli JRCC via Sat Phone. No answer.

09:20

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC to ask updates about the case. Authorities copy the open case.

08:54

Ocean Viking alters her course to the last known position of the distress case.

08:40

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to the relevant authorities alerting to a boat in distress. 

July 23, 2022
July 4, 2022
14:43

Ocean Viking receives an email from Alarm Phone, informing about a boat in distress adrift.

July 3, 2022
19:03

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone alerting MTRCC and ITMRCC to a boat in distress in the Maltese SRR.

July 2, 2022
14:08

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone alerting MTRCC and ITMRCC to a boat in distress in the Maltese SRR.

July 1, 2022
00:20

The characteristics of the rescued distress boat do not match with the case reported by the airplane “Seabird” in the Mayday relay call previously listened on VHF channel 16. Ocean Viking resumes search operation.

June 30, 2022
23:40

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC to report about the search of the opened distress case. The duty officer asks to reach them by email to communicate information regarding the situation.

23:30

Ocean Viking spots a boat, possibly in distress.

23:05

Ocean Viking spots a very weak echo on radar about 2NM distance, with no speed, without correspondence with any lights in the horizon. Ocean Viking alters the course toward the echo position to investigate.

21:32

Ocean Viking receives an update email from “Aircraft Seabird” about opened distress case.

20:52

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC to report about the search of the opened distress case. The duty officer asks to reach them by email to communicate information regarding the situation.

20:49

Ocean Viking alters her course to the last known position of the distress case.

20:39

Ocean Viking receives a call on VHF channel 16 from the aircraft asset Seabird relaying a MAYDAY message about a boat in distress requiring immediate assistance.

12:45

Ocean Viking sends an email to the LYJRCC with MTRCC and ITMRCC to update on the situation.

12:43

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC via Satellite phone. No answer.

12:40

Ocean Viking spots a wooden boat in the water, possibly in distress.

12:00

Ocean Viking spots an echo on radar and alters the course towards the radar echo.

09:55

Ocean Viking sends an email to LYJRCC with MTRCC and ITMRCC to inform them about the opened distress case.

09:50

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC via Satellite phone. No answer.

09:11

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to the relevant authorities alerting to a boat in distress with ~50 people on board. 

09:11

Ocean Viking alters her course to the last known position of the distress case.

June 27, 2022
07:29

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC to update on the situation.

07:18

Ocean Viking calls via Satellite phone the MTRCC on three different numbers to update about the situation. No answer.

07:18

Ocean Viking launchs two RHIBS to assess the situation.

07:10

Ocean Viking spots from the bridge a rubber boat in the water, possibly in distress.

05:34

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC to update on the situation.

05:21

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email intended to the MTRCC and ITRCC with an updated position of the opened distress case.

04:54

Ocean Viking investigates the latest known position of the opened distress case.

04:24

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC to report the search of the opened distress case. The duty officer asks to reach them by email in case of any relevant update.

June 26, 2022
23:36

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC to inform about the situation.

23:16

Ocean Viking calls via Satellite Phone MTRCC to inform the coordination center about the case and readiness of the Ocean Viking to provide assistance. The duty officer requires to please reach them by email.

22:57

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone alerting MTRCC and ITMRCC to a boat in distress in the Maltese SRR.

14:55

Ocean Vikings spots a rubber boat in the water from the bridge, possibly in distress. Three RHIBS are launched to investigate the situation.

14:10

Ocean Viking informs via email LYJRCC about the situation.

14:06

Ocean Viking calls the LYJRCC. The communication is broken.

14:05

Ocean Viking alters course heading to the target.

14:00

Ocean Viking receives a call on channel 16 from a fishing vessel about a boat in distress.

June 25, 2022
16:32

Ocean Viking sends an email to the LYJRCC with MTRCC and ITMRCC to update on the situation.

16:20

Ocean Viking spots a rubber boat in the water and launchs RHIBS to investigate. The team onboard the RHIBS finds an empty rubber boat adrift.

16:19

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone with updated GPS coordinate of the reported distress case.

14:38

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC via Satellite phone. No answer.

14:31

Ocean Viking alters her course to the last known position of the distress case.

14:11

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to the relevant authorities alerting to a boat in distress with ~70 people on board. 

June 24, 2022
16:31

Ocean Viking informs via email JRCC Tripoli about her intention to perform the rescue.

16:30

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC to report on the situation. No answer.

16:22

Ocean Viking informs Libyan maritime authorities about the situation.

April 27, 2022
04:57

Ocean Viking informs maritime authorities about her intention to proceed towards the target.

04:55

Ocean Viking spots a rubber boat in the water, possibly in distress.

April 26, 2022
19:35

Ocean Viking has visual contact with the rubber boat, launches rhibs to assess the situation and informes maritime authorities via email.

18:26

Ocean Viking acknowledges the message by email and informs maritime authorities about her intention to proceed towards the target.

18:15

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone alerting LYJRCC to a boat in distress in the Libyan SRR.

April 25, 2022
08:05

Ocean Viking has a visual contact with a boat potentially in distress.

07:54

Ocean Viking acknowledges the message by email and informs the maritime authorities about her intention to proceed towards the target.

07:42

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to LYJRCC alerting to a boat in distress.

April 24, 2022
11:59

Ocean Viking informs via email JRCC Tripoli that she is proceeding towards the distress position. No reply.

March 25, 2022
14:31

Ocean Viking sends an email to LYJRCC, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy, informing of visual contact with a rubber boat possibly in distress.

14:27

Ocean Viking has visual contact with a boat appearing to be in distress in the position indicated by the aircraft.

13:50

Ocean Viking tries to call LYJRCC via satellite phone, no answer.

13:20

Ocean Viking alters course heading towards the reported distress case.

13:14

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to LYJRCC alerting to a boat in distress in Libyan SRR.

March 24, 2022
09:58

Ocean Viking informs JRCC via email, with ITMRCC and MTRCC in copy, of the potential distress case and intention to launch the RHIBS to investigate.

09:45

Ocean Viking calls JRCC Tripoli, no answer.

09:40

Ocean Viking altered course heading to the distress case.

09:33

Ocean Viking spots a wooden boat, possibly in distress, during lookout from the bridge.

February 14, 2022
12:20

Ocean Viking informs LYJRCC of the distress case in need of urgent assistance via email, with MTRCC and ITMRCC in copy.

12:13

Ocean Viking contacts LYJRCC via Sat phone to report the distress situation. No English speaker. LYJRCC requests information via email.

10:13

Ocean Viking is alerted to a boat in distress via email from Alarm Phone.

February 13, 2022
10:55

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC, with ITMRCC in copy, alerting to the assessed distress case.

08:58

Ocean Viking alerts MTRCC via email, with ITMRCC in copy, of the distress alert.

08:53

Ocean Viking receives an email from Pilotes Volontaires about a potential distress case requiring urgent assistance.

07:55

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC with ITMRCC in copy via email of the potential distress case being investigated.

01:07

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to ITMRCC and MTRCC alerting to a third boat in distress.

February 12, 2022
16:36

Ocean Viking receives an email from Alarm Phone about a second boat in distress.

14:33

Ocean Viking receives an email from Alarm Phone alerting to a boat in distress in the Maltese SRR.

December 16, 2021
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.

November 4, 2021
16:46

Alarm Phone sends an updated position of the distress case.

15:58

Alarm Phone sends an updated position of the distress case.

14:19

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone relaying a distress alert which is assumed to be the same case as the alert from Seabird.

13:30

Ocean Viking receives an email from civil surveillance aircraft Seabird relaying a distress alert.

November 3, 2021
08:55

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to the relevant authorities alerting to a boat in distress with ~400 people on board. Ocean Viking alters her course to the last known position of the distress case, approx. 12 hours away.

November 2, 2021
08:21

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to LYJRCC relaying a distress alert in the Libyan SRR.

September 20, 2021
September 19, 2021
September 18, 2021
10:56

Ocean Viking receives an email from Pilotes Volontaires (addressed to MT RCC and IT MRCC) requesting assistance for a boat in distress, same distress case reported by Seabird.

July 26, 2021
00:18

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

00:15

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

00:03

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

July 25, 2021
23:50

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

23:47

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

23:44

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

23:17

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

23:14

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

22:48

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

22:44

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

22:06

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC informing that she has tried multiple times to reach them via Sat phone without success.

21:58

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

21:40

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

21:33

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

21:30

Ocean Viking calls MTRCC via Satellite phone seeking coordination of the search operation. MTRCC does not answer the phone.

17:57

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC via email of her altering course towards the reported distress position.

July 4, 2021
July 3, 2021
July 2, 2021
July 1, 2021
April 28, 2021
April 27, 2021
April 25, 2021
April 21, 2021
09:55

Ocean Viking receives an updated position of the boat in distress (case AP 181, the first distress alert) from Alarm Phone.

01:41

Ocean Viking receives an updated position of the boat in distress from Alarm Phone (case AP 181).

April 20, 2021
January 22, 2021
July 1, 2020
17:29

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email from Moonbird to ITMRCC and MTJRCC informing of two distress cases

June 30, 2020
18:50

Ocean Viking receives an email from Moonbird with MTRCC in copy informing Ocean Viking of a distress case in her proximity

08:15

Ocean Viking is in copy of an email sent by Alarm Phone to ITMRCC and MTJRCC, informing of a wooden boat in distress with approx. 50 people in position 35°0.085’N 12°18.441E

June 26, 2020
12:22

Ocean Viking is copied in an email from Alarm Phone to ITMRCC, MTJRCC and LYJRCC informing about a potential boat in distress in Libyan SRR

June 25, 2020
February 19, 2020
February 18, 2020
February 17, 2020
January 26, 2020
January 25, 2020
January 24, 2020
02:50

Ocean Viking receives an email from the Alarm Phone, updating the position of the boat

January 17, 2020
02:44

Ocean Viking receives an email from the Alarm Phone, updating the position of the boat in distress

02:26

Ocean Viking receives an email from the Alarm Phone, updating the number of people on the boat

December 26, 2019
December 20, 2019
October 12, 2019
21:06

The FPSO at al Jurf Oilfied and Ocean Viking exchange information about rubber boat

August 13, 2019
16:36

Ocean Viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone informing about a potential boat in distress

August 12, 2019
18:38

EU patrol aircraft informs all ships by VHF about position of the rubber boat in distress in the Maltese SRR

11:10

Ocean Viking alters course towards the potential boat in distress position

10:30

Ocean Viking overhears VHF distress call from a fishing boat with medical emergency on board, 60NM away

August 10, 2019
August 8, 2019
22:15

Ocean Viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone and receives no response

August 5, 2019
September 23, 2018
August 19, 2018
August 13, 2018
August 12, 2018
June 10, 2018
June 9, 2018