Dear crews of the traditional vessels
A couple of weeks ago, the ships of several NGOs engaged in civil sea
rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea were detained in their base
harbors by local authorities. Since then, officially 261 humans died
when attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea (status on July, 31),
however, the number of unreported cases is probably much higher.
Furthermore, several of the saviors are now on trial for saving humans
from distress at sea.
During the past weeks, the international movement /SEEBRÜCKE – Schafft
sichere Häfen/ (“pier – establish save harbors”) arose and mobilized
tens of thousands of people to demonstrate their solidarity with the
affected NGOs and to campaign for save evacuation routes to Europe.
In the framework of the /Gaffelrigg/ in Greifswald, several traditional
vessels supported the /SEEBRÜCKE/ campaign by raising flags with the
logo of the movement (see attached pictures). This positive feedback
encouraged us to initiate the campaign /Traditionsschifffahrt zeigt
Flagge – Niemand bleibt auf See/ [Traditional vessels raise the flag –
No one stays at sea!]. In this context we appeal to all crews and owners
of traditional vessels to demand for the observance of international
maritime law and the Geneva Convention on Refugees. There is an urgent
need for underlining that being rescued from distress at sea is an
unconditional basic right of every human. Therefore, demonstrate your
borderless solidarity with refugees and the civil sea rescue
organizations by showing your true color – show that you’re orange!
There are plenty of possibilities – raise an orange flag or even a life
vest. If you are also interested in receiving a flag with the campaign
logo (size: 1.2 meters X 0,9 meters) please contact us using the