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Saving lives


Humanity 1

The Humanity 1 is one of the largest and best equipped rescue ships in the central Mediterranean! Its name is compass, reminder, and a call to action at the same time.

With the Humanity 1, we bring more humanity to the Mediterranean. We rescue people seeking protection from drowning, care for them on board and bring them safely ashore. At the same time, we appeal to politicians, and society to take action to help people fleeing across the Mediterranean.

Find out more about the Humanity 1 here.

Humanity 1 Illustration | SOS Humanity
  • Range
    7.400 km
  • Year of construction
  • Output
    1.264 PS
  • Length
    60 m
  • Flag
  • Costs / Day
    9.000 €*
Gestapelte Rettungswesten mit Aufdruck SOS Humanity
Max Cavallari / SOS Humanity
Crew on board
Search and -rescue team

7 persons

Nautic-technical team

12 persons

Medical & protection team

6 persons 

Communication & research team

3 persons ( including photographer)

Our international crew consists of 28 people. Some of them are permanent employees while others join us on board as volunteers. You want to join our crew to save people from drowning? Check our crewing website. There you will find further information.

One slot on board is reserved for journalists.

Humanity 1 mit gut erkennbarer Abbildung des gelben Herzens am Bug
Camilla Kranzusch / SOS Humanity

The Humanity 1

The Humanity 1 was the first alliance ship of United4Rescue operated by Sea-Watch as Sea-Watch 4. Until the transfer to SOS Humanity in August 2022 almost 1,900 people have been rescued and brought safely ashore by Sea-Watch since its first departure in 2020.

In July 2022, the ship entered dry dock for mandatory routine examination and was christened Humanity 1 on 19 August 2022 in Vinaròs, Spain. At the end of August, the Humanity 1 set off on its first mission towards the central Mediterranean, where its crew will save people from distress at sea.

Einem Geretteten wird von der Crew an Bord des Rettungsschiffes Humanity 1 geholfen
Max Cavallari / SOS Humanity

Equipment on board

The Humanity 1 is well equipped for search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean. To detect distress cases at sea, the bridge has a standard radar and a high-performance radar at its disposal. From the moment of arrival in the rescue area, crew members are on the lookout for boats in distress with binoculars as well as stabilised high-powered binoculars around the clock.

Two fast rescue boats (RHIBs) and 500 life jackets for adults, children, and babies are available for rescue operations. Another 500 life jackets are on board for emergencies. In addition, life rafts, centifloats (bananas) and other rescue equipment that keep people afloat in an emergency are available.

To provide the best possible care after a rescue, all survivors on board receive a rescue kit containing dry clothing, hygiene articles, emergency food, and drinking water.

There is also a clinic on board, equipped with two beds for acute emergencies as well as respirators, surgical instruments, and the most important medicines, among other things. The ship also has a separate shelter for women and children.

Humanity 1

Rettungsschiff Humanity 1 im Mittelmeer
Max Cavallari / SOS Humanity
Bug des Rettungsschiffes Humanity 1 mit gut lesbarer Humanity-Beschriftung in weiß
Arez Ghaderi / SOS Humanity

*This corresponds to all costs incurred for the operation of the ship (such as care of the rescued and the crew, equipment, fuel and logistics).

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