On 10 February 2019, Abdullah Kurdi baptised the rescue ship in the port of Palma de Mallorca in the name of his youngest son. The ship’s name was a reminder of what really matters: Saving human lives.
At the same time, however, this name also demanded of the European states to abandon their isolationist policy and to protect the human rights of the refugees without reserveations.
In July 2021, Sea-Eye finally had to part with the ALAN KURDI with a heavy heart and cease operations with this vessel. As the ongoing detentions of the rescue ships in Italy put a heavy financial burden on Sea-Eye, the ALAN KURDI had to be sold. Since then, Sea-Eye has focused on rescue missions with the SEA-EYE 4.
The ALAN KURDI was able to rescue 927 people from distress at sea in 12 missions. The Italian organization RESQ will continue the rescue operations. The ship is now called ”RESQ PEOPLE”.