Our ship,  the Humanity 

Type of vessel

Fast Support and Intervention Vessel (FSIV)


Length: around 50 metres, width: around 10 metres, draught: around 2,5 metres


26 knots

Every minute counts in shipwrecks and delays can cost lives.

The Humanity – shown here as a model – is a Fast Support and Intervention Vessel and thus with the characteristic of being particularly fast.

By upgrading it with professional equipment, the Humanity will become a fully equipped rescue ship. The rescued on board will be taken care of under additional container superstructures that will be built on the large and resilient deck.

Fast, easy to maneuver and best suited for rescue operations.

A fast vessel to complement the current civilian fleet

It is twice as fast as the big rescue ships and meets all the necessary requirements for our life-saving mission in the central Mediterranean.

Built for urgent resupply and the transport of personnel, Fast Support and Intervention Vessels (FSIV) are perfectly suited for rescue operations at sea.

With a maximum speed of 26 knots, the Humanity will be an optimal addition to the existing civilian fleet.

Protection of the rescued on Board

Fast Support and Intervention Vessels (FSIV) are already equipped to carry a large number of passengers. In addition, the spacious, heavy-duty deck can be equipped with container modules that can serve as shelters for men and women and children, respectively.

The already existing passenger areas will be converted into an on-board clinic to provide medical and psychological first aid.

Minimising risks

Particularly important: Until today, civilian rescue ships were repeatedly arrested by the authorities. One of the reasons given was that they did not comply with the official Italian safety regulations for rescue ships.

We took this into account when choosing the ship-type: The basic equipment of a Fast Support and Intervention Vessel makes it likely that the Humanity can be certified as a rescue ship. This certification offers the greatest security against administrative detention according to our experience so far.

Purchase instead of charter

We will purchase the ship instead of chartering it. This way we will achieve more independence and room for manoeuvre, e.g. in the selection of the maritime crew, in the conversion to a rescue ship or in negotiations with authorities.

It also prevents high charter costs at times when we cannot operate, such stays in ports and shipyards.

From mid-2022, we will bring the Humanity to the sea to save more people from drowning in the Mediterranean.


Ship purchase

The ship will be purchased as soon as possible in the beginning of 2022.

Start-up funding has already been secured.

Cost for the purchase of a Fast Support and Intervention Vessel (FSIV) type vessel: 700,000 to 1 million euros.

Modification & Equipment

After the purchase, the Humanity will be transferred to a European port and equipped with rescue equipment, shelters and an on-board clinic for the initial medical care of the rescued. It will also be certified as a rescue ship.

Costs: approximately 1.15 million euros.


Our life-saving mission in the central Mediterranean Sea incurs costsof approximately 2 million euros per year for financing the mission teams, purchasing equipment for rescue, medical and basic care, as well as port fees and fuel.

To be able to save lives with the Humanity, we need your support!


You want to join our crew?

We are looking for dedicated and qualified people with NGO, maritime and/or emergency care experience to become part of our team on board, probably by spring 2022.

Future positions on board

The crew on board comprises 19 people, consisting of seven members of the maritime crew and twelve members of the rescue and medical team. Due to the comparatively small crew size, all crew members work hand in hand.

We would like to have an international team with different experiences and backgrounds. The language on board will be English.

Have we awaken your interest or do you have questions? Then get in touch via our contact form below!

Please let us know which position on board you might be interested in and in which period you are available.

We would also appreciate it if you could briefly outline your background and send us a short CV (as a PDF, maximum 2 MB in size).

Our crewing team will come back to you.


  • Basic Safety Training – Certificate (STCW VI/1)
  • Experience in seafaring and/or rescue desirable
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • High physical and mental resilience
  • Valid fitness for sea certificate
  • Necessary certificates of competency (navigation and/or engine)