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The 1976 built rescue ship HUMANITY 1  operated by SOS Humanity has been detained at Crotone Port for allegedly breaching new rules on search and rescue (SAR) in the Central Mediterranean, the German NGO said last Tuesday 5th March, 2024.

The ship has been placed under administrative detention for 20 days in relation to the rescue of last Saturday 2nd February of 77 immigrants and refugees from three small boats in distress in the Strait of Sicily on grounds the crew allegedly failed to act under the instructions of the Libyan authorities, which Italy claims were responsible for coordinating the operation.

For its part, SOS Humanity has said the rescue took place in international waters and was successful despite “the violent and illegal intervention of the so-called Libyan coast guard”.


This is the second time  that the HUMANITY 1 has been detained in Crotone since December, when she was accused of obstructing the Libyan Coast Guard while rescuing 200 souls.

HUMANITY 1 is a former German research vessel POSEIDON which used to be operated by GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) with 90% of her funds were from the German Govt –  Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and used to be seen at Malta several times.

Images of HUMANITY 1 are whilst berthed at Siracusa, Sicily back to January, 2024

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