As HRAS continues to grow and develop its international links with like-minded partners, direct engagement with the invaluable private migrant rescue work being led by the Catrambone family based out of Malta, is just one of the areas of human rights engagement that HRAS is involved in. MOAS becomes the 47th international supporting entity to the HRAS work and which is based on mutual collaboration.


MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is a registered Foundation (VO/0939) based in Malta. It is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessels.

Equipped with the 40-metre (130 ft) expedition vessel, the Phoenix, two Remote Piloted Aircraft, two RHIBs (rigid-hulled inflatable boats), and a highly experienced team of rescuers and paramedics, MOAS is able to locate, monitor, and assist vessels in distress.


The project – financed by private individuals who believe strongly in mitigating disasters at sea – is led by Martin Xuereb, Malta’s former Chief of Defence, with a distinguished Board of Advisors.