Sea-Eye (ship)

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Sea-Eye in the port of Valletta (March 2018)
Sea-Eye in the port of Valletta (March 2018)
Ship data
flag NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
other ship names

Star Shark , SAS 320

Ship type Cutter
home port Amsterdam
Owner Sea-Eye e. V., Regensburg
Shipyard Elbe shipyard in Boizenburg
Commissioning May 4th 1959
Ship dimensions and crew
26.65 m ( Lüa )
IMO 5340871

The Sea-Eye is a former fishing trawler . The ship was bought by Sea-Eye eV of the same name in 2014 and was used as a rescue ship in the southern Mediterranean from 2015 to 2018 , primarily between Malta and Libya . The ship sailed under the flag of the Netherlands . Sister ship is the Seefuchs, also used by Sea-Eye eV until 2019 .


The ship was built on the Elbe shipyard in Boizenburg in the late 1960s . It was the last ship of its series from the stack and was on May 4, 1959 as SAS 320 Sternhai from owners and operators, the VEB fishing Saßnitz in service provided. 20 of the same type of ship were initially built at the Volkswerft Stralsund and later another 30 at the Elbe shipyard in Boizenburg. The cutter has a length of 26.65 meters, which is why it was colloquially called "twenty-six". The ships' fishing area was primarily the North Sea and the Baltic Sea . In 1991 the star shark was bought privately and remained in the fishery until 2014.

In the wake of the humanitarian emergency and in the face of numerous drowning people in connection with flight and migration across the Mediterranean to the EU , the non-governmental organization Sea-Eye eV was the first of its ships to buy the former fishing vessel, which it had renamed Sea-Eye , and repaired it. Since 2015 it has been used for rescue operations in the Mediterranean after some modifications.

The ship broke down in autumn 2018 due to engine failure and was stranded in Málaga .

Individual evidence

  1. Our ships . Published on Accessed July 7, 2018.
  2. ^ The organization Sea-Eye . Published by Ostsee-Zeitung on December 11, 2017 . Accessed July 7, 2018.
  3. ^ History. In: Accessed March 31, 2018 .
  4. Ralph Sommer: The end of a fishing legend . Published in Nordkurier on January 27, 2016 . Accessed July 7, 2018.
  5. "The" Sea-Eye 2 "put to sea" from December 5, 2018