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09:23

Aquarius stops in the international waters, at 32 nautical miles from the European coasts, waiting for further guidance from the authorities

SAR Operations > Valletta (2018.08.09-15)

Aquarius stops in the international waters, at the position 35°59.1’N, 013°31.6’E, at 32 Nautical miles from the Italian coast…

Aquarius stops in the international waters, at the position 35°59.1’N, 013°31.6’E, at 32 Nautical miles from the Italian coast (Linosa Island), and 32 Nautical miles from the Maltese coast, on the line separating the Maltese SRR and the overlapping Italian and Maltese SRR.

 

Legal reference

[the shipmaster should] seek to ensure that survivors are not disembarked to a place where their safety would be further jeopardized; [Click here for legal reference]

 

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August 12, 2018
18:16

Aquarius reports to MTRCC that the RHIB is currenty doing the assessment and giving out lifejackets.

SAR Operations > Valletta (2018.08.09-15)

Email from Aquarius to MTJRCC, with LNCG in copy “Dear Sir, Please be advised that our RHIB is currently…

Email from Aquarius to MTJRCC, with LNCG in copy

“Dear Sir,

Please be advised that our RHIB is currently doing the assessment and giving out lifejackets. The situation is 11 male
total 2 of which are children
We will find out their intentions and inform this RCC as soon as possible.

Best Regards”

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17:07

Aquarius asks LNCG and Maltese RCC for clarification about the coordination of SAR case 661

SAR Operations > Valletta (2018.08.09-15)

Aquarius sends an email to the LNCG and Maltese JRCC for clarification about the coordination of SAR case 661….

Aquarius sends an email to the LNCG and Maltese JRCC for clarification about the coordination of SAR case 661.

Email from Aquarius to LNCG and Maltese JRCC, copying Italian MRCC and EUNAVFOR Med

“Dear Sirs,

Please can you confirm who is the coordinating authority for SAR case 661? We are currently passing 34-20N. My
RHIB is in the water and investigating a target to our north following the instructions of JRCC Libya. As directed by
JRCC Libya we have contacted another MRCC to arrange a place of safety to disembark all 141 people currently on
board the Aquarius as we cannot disembark them in Libya.

Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

Best Regards”

Legal reference

“in a case where the RCC responsible for the area where the survivors are recovered cannot be contacted, [the Master should] attempt to contact another RCC, or if that is impractical, any other Government authority that may be able to assist, while recognizing that responsibility still rests with the RCC of the area in which the survivors are recovered;

[the Master should] keep the RCC informed about conditions, assistance needed, and actions taken or planned for the survivors (see paragraph 6.10 regarding other information the RCC may wish to obtain);” [Click here for the legal reference]

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13:49

Aquarius investigates the first position provided, nothing found

SAR Operations > Valletta (2018.08.09-15)

A RHIB of the Aquarius is launched to investigate the first position provided by the Libyan JRCC. The team…

A RHIB of the Aquarius is launched to investigate the first position provided by the Libyan JRCC. The team onboard the RHIB talks to fishermen on a fishing vessel who say that they have seen the white boat two hours ago, heading North.

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11:24

Aquarius confirms to Libyan JRCC it is proceeding to the distress position

SAR Operations > Valletta (2018.08.09-15)

Aquarius replies to the email by saying that it is proceeding to the given position at maximum speed. Aquarius…

Aquarius replies to the email by saying that it is proceeding to the given position at maximum speed. Aquarius also confirms that it will update the Libyan JRCC about the operation, following the obligations of all shipmasters under maritime law. [Click here for the legal reference]

Email from Aquarius to Libyan JRCC

“Dear Sirs,

Good copy on your last email. Aquarius is proceeding to this position at maximum speed to conduct rescue and bring all people on board the Aquarius. I will update this RCC at operation starts.

Best Regards”

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August 10, 2018
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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 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 4, 2018
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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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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August 3, 2018
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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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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August 2, 2018
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