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SITUATION RECAP

Last update 04/10/2018 at 10:32  (All times in UTC+2)

– Aquarius transferred 58 survivors it had rescued in the Libyan Search and Rescue Region on 20 and 23 September to a Maltese Patrol Boat on the 30 September 2018 in international waters off the Maltese coast

– Aquarius then made its way to Marseille, France passing via the East of Sardinia and Corsica due to bad weather

– Since 4 October, Aquarius is moored in Marseille for an extended port call

June 17, 2018
June 25, 2018
11:00

Departure from patrolling area

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Aquarius is leaving the rescue zone and proceed to North for the technical portcall.

Aquarius is leaving the rescue zone and proceed to North for the technical portcall.

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June 29, 2018
July 25, 2018
09:00

Aquarius shifts the berth in Marseille Port

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Aquarius shifts the berth from 110 to 66, for the installation of a 20 feet reefer container with a…

Aquarius shifts the berth from 110 to 66, for the installation of a 20 feet reefer container with a shore crane. The container will be used as a morgue if dead bodies are recovered at sea.

 

 

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August 1, 2018
August 2, 2018
August 3, 2018
00:35

Aquarius hears VHF call alerting to a possible boat with migrants in the Algerian SRR

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Aquarius hears a VHF call by the Algerian Coast Guard on channel 16 alerting a vessel in the area…

Aquarius hears a VHF call by the Algerian Coast Guard on channel 16 alerting a vessel in the area to a possible boat with migrants onboard in position 38°11.6′ N, 008°09’06, in the Algerian Search and Rescue Region.

Aquarius cannot hear if any information is given about the people on the boat nor its situation.

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01:52

Aquarius receives call back from MRCC Alger

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After having called MRCC Tunis and MRCC Alger, Aquarius receives a phone call back from MRCC Alger, seeking to…

After having called MRCC Tunis and MRCC Alger, Aquarius receives a phone call back from MRCC Alger, seeking to confirm that Aquarius heard Algerian Coast Guard broadcasting a position on VHF channel 16. Aquarius confirms the position heard from the Algerian Coast Guard. MRCC Alger informs of an ongoing search operation.

Aquarius informs of her position and availability to assist, being equiped with three rescue boats on board, a search and rescue team and medical staff. MRCC Alger confirms it will call Aquarius if any assistance is needed.

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August 4, 2018
08:00

Aquarius is sailing along the coast of Tunisia

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Aquarius is sailing along the coast of Tunisia at a speed of 10 knots, currently in position 35°21.3′ N, 011°58.7′…

Aquarius is sailing along the coast of Tunisia at a speed of 10 knots, currently in position 35°21.3′ N, 011°58.7′ E.

Teams onboard start watching the sea from the bridge with binoculars to search for boats in distress.

 

 

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10:00

Aquarius stops sailing to conduct drills

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Aquarius stops sailing to conduct rescue drills, including familiarisation with mass floatation devices. Navigation is resumed at 12h25.

Aquarius stops sailing to conduct rescue drills, including familiarisation with mass floatation devices. Navigation is resumed at 12h25.

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15:40

Aquarius stops for a rescue simulation

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Aquarius stops to conduct a rescue simulation. Three RHIB and mass floation devices (rafts and bananas) are launched in…

Aquarius stops to conduct a rescue simulation. Three RHIB and mass floation devices (rafts and bananas) are launched in the water. Navigation resumes at 18h25.

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20:13

Aquarius enters the Libyan Search and Rescue Region

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Aquarius enters the Libyan Search and Rescue Region (SRR), in international waters. From now on, according to the global…

Aquarius enters the Libyan Search and Rescue Region (SRR), in international waters.

From now on, according to the global SAR plan and the SAR Convention, any SAR case is under the responsibility of the Libyan Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC).

On 27th June 2018, coordinates of the Libyan JRCC were uploaded on the GISIS, thereby legitimizing the coordination of rescues by this JRCC in the Libyan SRR.

The responsibilities of a Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) are:

 

According to Maritime conventions and resolutions,

  • Upon the declaration of a distress phase, a RCC shall initiate “search and rescue operations when the position of the search object is unknown” (SAR Convention, art. 4.5.4).
  • As soon as the RCC responsible for a SRR in which assistance is needed is informed about a distress situation, it “should immediately accept responsibility for coordinating the rescue efforts” (MSC.167(78), art 6.7).
  • RCCs “should be prepared to act quickly on their own, or have processes in place, as necessary, to involve other authorities, so that timely decisions can be reached with regard to handling of survivors” (MSC.167(78), art 6.4).
  • A RCC “should make every effort to minimize the time survivors remain on board the assisting ship” (MSC.167(78), art 6.8).
  • A RCC “shall have available up-to-date information especially concerning search and rescue facilities and available communications relevant to search and rescue operations in its area” (SAR Convention, art 4.2.1).
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21:38

Aquarius sends a “notice of readiness for SAR operations” to Libyan JRCC

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Upon entering the Libyan Search and Rescue Region, Aquarius sends a “notice of readiness for SAR operations” to the…

Upon entering the Libyan Search and Rescue Region, Aquarius sends a “notice of readiness for SAR operations” to the Libyan JRCC, copying the Italian MRCC, the Maltese MRCC and EUNAVFOR Med.

“MV AQUARIUS declares readiness for SAR operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea, south of Lampedusa and Malta, outside of Libyan Territorial Waters.

Actual position: N 34-08.1  E 012-13.1

Proceeding with course 174 degrees speed 9,5 kts towards patrolling area ca. 30 NM(night) 24nm(day) off Libyan coast between Long. of Zuwarah and Zawiya.

Aquarius also provides the required technical information about the vessel.

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August 5, 2018
13:35

Aquarius is patrolling in international waters at 25nm from the Libyan coast

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Aquarius is patrolling in the international waters West of Tripoli at a speed of 4,3 knots, at 25 nautical…

Aquarius is patrolling in the international waters West of Tripoli at a speed of 4,3 knots, at 25 nautical miles from the coast of Libya. Current position is 33°25.8′ N, 012°04.3′ E.

 

 

 

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August 6, 2018
08:14

Aquarius patrols at 25nm from the coast of Libya, waves of 1.5 meters

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Aquarius is patrolling in the international waters West of Tripoli at a speed of 3,2 knots, at 25 nautical…

Aquarius is patrolling in the international waters West of Tripoli at a speed of 3,2 knots, at 25 nautical miles from the coast of Libya. Current position is 33°21.7′ N, 012°12.5′ E.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 7, 2018
August 8, 2018
August 9, 2018
07:55

Receives call from Colibri, informing of departure

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Colibri airplane calls Aquarius on satellite phone to inform that it will soon take off and conduct an aerial…

Colibri airplane calls Aquarius on satellite phone to inform that it will soon take off and conduct an aerial search over the zone West of Tripoli. Aquarius provides present position and informs of good weather conditions.

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14:18

Aquarius is approached by a speedboat at 50-60 meters distance

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Aquarius is approached at 50-60 meters distance by a speedboat coming alongside the Aquarius. There are 4 individuals on…

Aquarius is approached at 50-60 meters distance by a speedboat coming alongside the Aquarius. There are 4 individuals on board, not wearing a uniform. They wave towards the Aquarius. The speedboat passes the bow, turns around and sails further away, next to a fishing vessel, where it remains for around 15 minutes.

 

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August 15, 2018
August 16, 2018
August 17, 2018
August 25, 2018
August 26, 2018
August 27, 2018
September 11, 2018
18:00

Aquarius ready to set sail under Panama flag

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The survey has been completed, leading Aquarius to set sail in fulfillment of Panama’s regulation requirements. The official name…

The survey has been completed, leading Aquarius to set sail in fulfillment of Panama’s regulation requirements. The official name of Aquarius is now “Aquarius 2” as “Aquarius” was already taken in the Panama register.

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September 15, 2018
September 16, 2018
September 18, 2018
15:00

Aquarius enters Libyan Search and Rescue Region

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Aquarius enters the Libyan Search and Rescue Region (SRR), in international waters. Aquarius’ current position is 34°20.4930′ N, 12°09.0280′…

Aquarius enters the Libyan Search and Rescue Region (SRR), in international waters. Aquarius’ current position is 34°20.4930′ N, 12°09.0280′ E.

 

On 27th June 2018, coordinates of the Libyan JRCC were uploaded on the GISIS, thereby legitimizing the coordination of rescues by this JRCC in the Libyan SRR.

From now on, according to the global SAR plan and the SAR Convention, any SAR case is under the responsibility of the Libyan Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC).

The responsibilities of a Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) are:

According to Maritime conventions and resolutions,

  • Upon the declaration of a distress phase, a RCC shall initiate “search and rescue operations when the position of the search object is unknown” (SAR Convention, art. 4.5.4).
  • As soon as the RCC responsible for a SRR in which assistance is needed is informed about a distress situation, it “should immediately accept responsibility for coordinating the rescue efforts” (MSC.167(78), art 6.7).
  • RCCs “should be prepared to act quickly on their own, or have processes in place, as necessary, to involve other authorities, so that timely decisions can be reached with regard to handling of survivors” (MSC.167(78), art 6.4).
  • A RCC “should make every effort to minimize the time survivors remain on board the assisting ship” (MSC.167(78), art 6.8).
  • A RCC “shall have available up-to-date information especially concerning search and rescue facilities and available communications relevant to search and rescue operations in its area” (SAR Convention, art 4.2.1).

 

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15:52

Aquarius informs on readiness for SAR operations

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Upon entering the Libyan Search and Rescue Region, Aquarius sends a notice to the Libyan JRCC, informing of the…

Upon entering the Libyan Search and Rescue Region, Aquarius sends a notice to the Libyan JRCC, informing of the vessel’s readiness to conduct SAR operations. Italian MRCC, Maltese MRCC, Tunisian MRCC and EUNAVFOR Med are also informed. Aquarius additionally provides the vessel’s technical specifications.

“MV AQUARIUS declares readiness for SAR operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea, south of Lampedusa and Malta, outside of Libyan Territorial Waters.

Actual position: 34-13.0N 012-10.6

Proceeding with course 170 speed 10.7 kts towards patrol area ca. 25 NM off Libyan coast between Long. of Zuwarah and Zawiya”

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September 19, 2018
11:30

Aquarius is patrolling in international waters, off the western coast of Libya

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Aquarius is patrolling in international waters north of Abu Kammash at a speed of 4 knots, approximately 24 nautical…

Aquarius is patrolling in international waters north of Abu Kammash at a speed of 4 knots, approximately 24 nautical miles from the coast of Libya. Current position is 33°29.90’ N, 11°51.94’ E.

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September 22, 2018
12:18

Aquarius patrols Libyan Search and Rescue Region north of Sabratha, heading west

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Aquarius is currently patrolling in international waters, in the Libyan Search and Rescue Region north of Sabratah and heading

Aquarius is currently patrolling in international waters, in the Libyan Search and Rescue Region north of Sabratah and heading towards the west. Aquarius’ speed is of 8 knots and its position is 33°15’85 N, 012°25’26 E.

  • Course over Ground (COG): 291°
  • Wind: 10 knots
  • Waves: 0.8 metre
  • Sea Scale: 2

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16:50

Tunisian Navy calls Aquarius on VHF requesting vessel details

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October 2, 2018
October 4, 2018
10:17

Aquarius has arrived in Marseille for an extended port call

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