We asked 4 questions to the current crew of the Sea-Watch 4.
Matt is on board as AB Seafarer. While he helps to maintain the ship, he makes it clear why your support is equally important.
How does a day on board look like?
In the morning we have a meeting to make a plan for the day. We start with cleaning the ship and continue with general maintenance work on deck. Each day we work hard to make sure that the ship in the best shape to get back in operation as soon as possible.
How does it feel to be stuck in port instead of being in operation?
The reasons for the blockade are absolutely absurd. No commercial ship would be blocked for these reasons. But still, we find ourselves stuck in port. What we are doing here shouldn’t be our job in the first place, but one of states. And now they try to stop us.
Why do we need civil search and rescue operations?
In a better world, we should not need them at all. But since the European states stopped rescue missions in the central Mediterranean, we had to step in. We will continue to rescue people at sea, because letting people drown can never be an option. If states don’t do it, civil society will. For me, as a seafarer, it is unquestionable that you have to assist people in distress.
What would you like to say to our supporters?
Your support is part of the fight for equal rights for everyone. Together, we can make sure that Fortress Europe tears down its walls brick by brick.