The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is a registered foundation in Malta dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels. Established in 2014, MOAS has participated in the rescue of over 33,000 men, women and children to date as they brave the deadliest maritime migratory route in the world.
MOAS conducts its operations with a 40-metre (130 ft) expedition vessel, the M.Y. Phoenix, two RHIBs (rigid-hulled inflatable boats), and a highly experienced team of rescuers and paramedics. Having worked at the frontline of the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean for over two and a half years, MOAS also advocates for the creation of safe and legal alternatives to the deadly sea crossing.