The Mare Liberum
Today's Mare Liberum was previously called GO46 and was used as a seaworthy cutter in the Netherlands. Built in 1917, she celebrated her 100th birthday in 2017 and can look back on a long history.
In 2015, the vessel was called SEA-WATCH by the german NGO of the same name. It was one of the first civilian search and rescue vessels in the Mediterranean. Over the years, the ship became not only a symbol of civilian humanitarian engagement but also a witness to failing European migration policy. It became clear that the European Union continues to knowingly accept the dying and disappearing of people at its external borders.
After a break, the SEA-WATCH returned to the Aegean Sea in 2017, where she returned with a new mission to a region forgotten by the media, the migration route between Turkey and Greece. After providing reliable services to Sea-Watch e.V., the vessel was sold to Mare Liberum e.V. wherefore we are very grateful. She will now sail for us and, together with the activists and researchers of Mare Liberum, continue the crucial work of the recent years.