Stirring experiences lie behind us

Dear supporters, the first deployment crew has now arrived back in our home port on Licata. Behind the six activists lie two stirring experiences that underline the fact that we are needed in the Mediterranean. On March 12, we received our first distress call and immediately set out to search for the ship in distress. The following day, the crew of the TROTAMAR III were able to stabilize around 100 people on an unseaworthy, completely overloaded boat by handing out life jackets. After a few hours, the civilian rescue ship OCEAN VIKING from the NGO SOS Méditerranée reached the scene and took the people on board.

Just one day later, the crew of the TROTAMAR III found another boat in distress, drifting in the Mediterranean with many people on board and unable to maneuver. Life jackets were immediately issued to stabilize the situation. It was a rubber dinghy with more than 50 people, including 4 small children, on board. For hours, we made emergency calls to the relevant authorities and demanded their rescue – without any helpful response. It got dark and the situation remained unclear. Late in the evening, an Italian coastguard vessel suddenly appeared and took the people on board.

This first mission of a total of nine planned this year is now coming to an end. The crew was able to help numerous refugees on two boats in distress despite our limited resources. We are very grateful for all the support we have received over the last few weeks.

In just under two weeks, the TROTAMAR III will set sail again to support civilian sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean. We are sailing for freedom of movement for all, against Fortress Europe. Our missions are financed by donations. Each mission costs us around 12,000 euros.
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21. July 2024

This afternoon, the Trotamar III and the Aurora from @seawatchcrew rescued a total of 122 people. 50 people are now on board the Trotamar III, 72 people on board the Aurora.The people were traveling in an unseaworthy double-deck wooden boat, without water, food, life jackets or enough fuel to reach a safe port. The crews…

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17. July 2024

Our new crew has arrived in Licata on July 13th. Adam, Astrid, Tabea, Theresa and Teun will join skipper Matthias on the Trotamar III for the fifth mission in 2024 and support the civilian sea rescue in the Mediterranean Sea during the upcoming weeks.The crew has already started to prepare on the ship and completed…

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The crew of the Trotamar III rescued 64 people in distress at sea.

22. June 2024

From the early hours of the morning on June 21st 2024, the crew assisted a rubber boat in distress and provided the people with life jackets. However, the responsible coordination centers for sea rescue did not respond to the distress call that the crew had made after sighting the boat.When the so-called Libyan Coast Guard…

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TROTAMAR III – looking for distress case

17. June 2024

Today, the crew of the TROATAMAR III was searching for a boat drifting in Tunisian territorial waters. The boat seems to have started in Sfax on June 10th and has been drifting off the coast of Tunisia without water or food ever since. Out of desperation, the people on board have apparently started drinking sea…

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Trotamar III starting to search

15. June 2024

The Trotamar III left Lampedusa for the Tunisian route at around 8 o’clock this morning. The crew of six under skipper Matthias is now searching for people in distress at sea in order to help them with the resources available on board.The Tunisian route is currently one of the most important passages for refugees setting…

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TROTAMAR III is setting sail to search and rescue

12. June 2024

UPDATE 2024/06/12 Today the TROTAMAR III left the port of Licata in Sicily and set course for Lampedusa. On board is a well-prepared crew of six under skipper Matthias. Together, they will be supporting civilian sea rescue in the Mediterranean Sea over the next days. On board our sailing ship is a comprehensive range of…

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Deployment #3/24 unfortunately canceled

10. May 2024

After intensive training, we unfortunately had to cancel our third deployment this year in support of sea rescue. The reason for this is technical problems with the engine. It is true that the TROTAMAR III is a sailing ship and we use the wind to move wherever possible. But a stationary engine is absolutely essential…

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“Kulturelle Landpartie”

7. May 2024

In a few days, the cultural highlight of our region, the Wendland, will start: the “Kulturelle Landpartie”. Originating from the resistance against the nuclear waste plans in Gorleben, the ten-day series of events will once again attract tens of thousands of visitors to dozens of farms and locations throughout the Lüchow-Dannenberg district. As a highlight,…

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Preparations for deployment #3

5. May 2024

Although the TROTAMAR III is still in the shipyard, work continues on board for the next sea rescue deployment. The crew has reefed the mainsail and the furling genoa, which required the calm. Navigation lights were checked and repaired, medical equipment was sorted and an inventory of life jackets and food took place.

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deployment 3/24 begins … with an unplanned repair

30. April 2024

Our third deployment in 2024 has begun. The crew of six volunteer activists under skipper Matthias has arrived in Licata (Sicily), our ship’s home port. Training with the dinghy in the Licata harbor basin began today and rescue situations are being simulated. In our small house at the foot of Castel Sant’Angelo, we talk about…

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