• 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 begins.

  • 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.

  • Final steps towards the end of the mission.

Mare Liberum e.V.

Gneisenaustraße 2a
10961 Berlin

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Mare Liberum e.V.
IBAN: DE71430609671221431300
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