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Photo Reportage November 2019
  • Mare Liberum is usually docked at the port of Skala Loutron, a small village in the southeastern part of Lesvos.
  • The ship was built in 1917 and it is 21 m long and 5m wide.
  • The ship sails north for five hours at 6.5 knots.
  • The mission starts.
  • The anchor is dropped in Lamna reef point, in Greek territorial waters in front of the Turkish shores.
  • The anchor is dropped in Lamna reef point, in Greek territorial waters in front of the Turkish shores.
  • The Crew consists of seven members.
  • They organize monitoring shifts every day and night. Two people every three hours.
  • Radar, plotter and maps are used to monitor the navigational traffic.
  • The area is patrolled by the Turkish and the Hellenic coastguards, Frontex vessels and NATO warships.
  • Scanning the seaside with binoculars and listening to radio communications are the main activities of the crew during the night.
  • Scanning the seaside with binoculars and listening to radio communications are the main activities of the crew during the night.
  • Most of the mirgants' boats try to cross during night-time.
  • When the weather conditions are favorable, using the sail is possible to patrol the borderline.
  • The sea can be extremly dangerous even in good weather conditions.
  • Thousands of people lost their lives wheil crossing the border.
  • The crew meets regularly to discuss what they experince during the shifts and to archive the cases.
  • If needed, the back-office of Mare Liberum is ready to offer support and legal advice.
  • During day-time the crew takes care of the ship, degreasing the handrails and fixing the rudder.
  • During day-time the crew takes care of the ship, degreasing the handrails and fixing the rudder.
  • Among other activities the crew checks oil pressure, water temperature, batteries' state of charge and engines.
  • Cooking and eating together are part of the everyday life on the ship.
  • Cooking and eating together are part of the everyday life on the ship.
  • Putting oil, inflating and getting Mudda ready, the ship's rhib.
  • Putting oil, inflating and getting Mudda ready, the ship's rhib.
  • Final steps towards the end of the mission.
  • Final steps towards the end of the mission.