The Federal Ministry for Transport (‘BMVI’) amends the Regulation on Sea Leisure Yachts and the Regulation on Ship Safety in a manner that yachts and other small crafts, which are operated in the realm of ‚environmental protection, sea-rescue, including observatory missions or for other humanitarian purposes‘, now have to comply with such unreasonable safety requirements, which are not feasible practically.
This is the BMVI's reaction toward a court case of the previous year, in which Mare Liberum prevailed against the detention of our ship. Under this new set of rules, all ships used for humanitarian purposes are burdened with stringent safety requirements, which are difficult to adhere to, including the architecture, equipment, and crewing of the ships. The boats of the organisations Mare Liberum, Mission Lifeline and RESQSHIP are affected by this law change and cannot now no longer operate, the latter being banned with the fear of enormous fines.
"Since the repeal of the Corona restrictions in Greece, we have been ready to start our operations again, yet are impeded to do so by the German state. The relevant authorities informed us that the new restrictions will be applied towards the Mare Liberum. The simple aim of this new law is to obstruct our operations. Apparently, the minister of transport, Andreas Scheuer prefers to see refugees drown, instead of them safely reaching European shores. This change of law has to be repealed immediately"
Hanno Bruchmann, board member of the charity Mare Liberum
Mare Liberum will use all political means to fight against these amendments to the regulations. Please support us in this so that we can resume our human right observations at sea in the Aegean as soon as possible.