Der Künstler Hippolyte illustriert die Folgen der Festsetzung des Rettungsschiffs Ocean Viking und weiterer Rettungskapazitäten

More than a month: Ocean Viking still prevented from saving lives 

It has now been more than a month since the Ocean Viking was detained by the Italian authorities. It is also a month that SOS MEDITERRANEE launched a petition demanding the Italian authorities to release the Ocean Viking immediately. More than 100.000 people already signed and we are very grateful for this support from civil society!

Join us now in reaching 150,000 signatures by signing our petition, if you have not done so, and / or sharing it with family and friends.


The Ocean Viking is blocked in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, prevented from saving lives at sea. Meanwhile, women, men and children continue to flee from Libya, a country ravaged by war, where human trafficking is rife and chaos reigns. For those who attempt to cross the Mediterranean in unseaworthy makeshift boats, the risk of drowning at Europe’s doorstep is high – especially while rescue ships are detained.

Last week, UN agencies reported that at least 45 people died off the coast of Libya in a terrible shipwreck.

SOS MEDITERRANEE is doing everything to have the detention lifted off the Ocean Viking as soon as possible. By signing and sharing this petition you refuse to turn a blind eye to the tragedy taking place in the Central Mediterranean. Thank you for your support! #FreeOceanViking



Drawing: Hippolyte