Sea-Eye ship “Alan Kurdi” casts off from Palma de Mallorca

Last ship of an aid organisation on its way into mission


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  • Last remaining ship of an aid organisation casts off from Palma in the night to Saturday
  • Close cooperation between Sea-Eye and the Spanish aid organisation Proem Aid
  • Mission would not have been possible without a high donation from the Catholic church

Regensburg, Palma de Mallorca – In the night to Saturday, the Alan Kurdi receives permission to leave the port of Palma. The Sea-Eye ship is the last remaining ship of an aid organisation, which is not blocked by authorities or detained by states. In December, the ship was on mission under its former name “Professor Albrecht Penck” and rescued the lives of 17 persons. Afterwards, the ship was refused to enter the port of Valletta. Eventually, the ship was transferred to Mallorca. There, it was baptised by Abdullah Kurdi in the name of his son Alan Kurdi, who drowned on 02.09.2015. It is now the first mission under the new name.

New is also the close cooperation with a Spanish aid organisation on board of the Sea-Eye ship. Since many weeks, the organisations are in close exchange about different questions concerning a cooperation. The Spanish provide in total 3 sailors and a nurse for the joint mission.

“Without our partners from Proem-Aid we would not have been ready for the mission so quickly. We had different technical issues, which our partners were able to solve more quickly here in Spain than we would have been able to.” – Dominik Reisinger, Head of Mission on the Alan Kurdi

The mission could not have been realised without the generous donation of Cardinal Marx from the Diocese Munich-Freising. The Maltese blockade ripped a financial hole into Sea-Eye’s budget. After a three-week break and different maintenance works, the Alan Kurdi can now sail into its first monitoring mission in international waters off Libya. There, the crew will document for the European public what is currently happening in this sea area.

“It saddens us that we have to conduct this mission without the direct support from ships of other aid organisations or state-owned ships. We will probably be on our own and rely during the mission on the support of our flag state.” – Gorden Isler, spokesman for Sea-Eye e.V.


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