SOS Mediterranean - European maritime and humanitarian organization for the rescue of life in the Mediterranean

The vision of SOS Mediterranean and Ocean Viking is of a world where every person in distress at sea is rescued and treated with dignity. Civil society extends to the seas and so we must uphold principles of humanity.

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SOS MEDITERRANEE is a European maritime and humanitarian organization for the rescue of life in the Mediterranean. It was founded by citizens in May 2015 in response to the deaths in the Mediterranean and the failure of the European Union to prevent these deaths.

SOS MEDITERRANEE works as a European association with teams in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland in a European network. Together they financed and operated the rescue ship Aquarius from February 2016 till October 2018 and are now financing and operating the mission with the Ocean Viking, our new rescue ship. Since launching our operation we have welcomed 34.517 survivors aboard our rescue ships.


As a former emergency response and rescue vessel, the Ocean Viking is designed for rescuing and taking care of a large number of people. We have equipped it with a special container module to best accommodate, provide care and protect survivors.  On board the Ocean Viking there is a special accommodation for women and children, as well as a clinic to take care of medical emergencies.

With a maximum speed of 14 knots the Ocean Viking is faster than the Aquarius, which will allow us to respond to distress calls faster and prevent loss of life. Equipped with two radars and two infrared cameras, the Ocean Viking has the necessary tools to quickly locate boats in distress day or night.

Our mission with our new rescue ship Ocean Viking is mainly financed by private donations.


Faced with repeated shipwrecks of migrants and refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in order to reach Europe,

Considering that there is no adequate rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea to help migrants and refugees in distress in an efficient, appropriate and lasting manner.

As citizens convinced that human rights apply to everyone, we are calling for a large-scale mobilization based on civil society coming together to save migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.


SOS MEDITERRANEE is a humanitarian organization based on the respect for human beings and their dignity, without partiality as concerns their nationality or origin, their social belonging, religious belief, political position or ethnic identity.

SOS MEDITERRANEE advocates on behalf of all people in distress at sea, without partiality as concerns their nationality, country of origin, social belonging, religious belief, political or ethnic affiliation.

Together we save lives.

Since 2014, more than 23,000 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea.

To prevent more lives being lost, we charter and operate the Ocean Viking. A day at sea costs 14,000 €. Your donation saves lives.

P.O. Box 2039 1211 Geneva 1

CS 20585 13205 Marseille Cedex 01

c/o MBE, C.P. 281 Via Costanza, 5 20146 Milano


Account for donations (€)

IBAN : CH06 0900 0000 1583 6272 3
1201 Geneva