We officially present the Open Arms Uno in Barcelona, its base port, in the presence of the authorities and citizens. The new flagship carries 4 semi-rigid boats on board, has 31 crew seats and a 26-bed hospital, and will help us safely rescue more vulnerable people.
#EmergencyUkraine By sea
The Open Arms tugboat sailed through the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Danube to unload another 100 tons of food in the Odessa region, Ukraine, in collaboration with Chef José Andrés' World Central Kitchen.
We sent 29 trailers with more than 350 tons of essential products for the Ukrainian civilian population affected by the conflict.
#EmergencyUkraine By air
We organize humanitarian air corridors from Poland to Spain, Italy and Argentina, in collaboration with Solidaire.org. We have brought to safety more than 1,900 people, mostly women with children and older people, who were fleeing the war in Ukraine, and we continue with other humanitarian flights.
March - June 2022
We responded to the emergency in Ukraine by land, sea and air.
We welcomed the new "Open Arms Uno" ship. Designed to carry out massive rescue tasks with capacity of up to 1,000 people and with greater safety when facing difficult rescues.
Theatrical release of “Mediterráneo”, the film about Open Arms’ beginnings, directed by Marcel Barrena and starring Eduard Fernández, Dani Rovira and Anna Castillo, among others.
We headed to Mozambique on a humanitarian flight loaded with more than 33 tons of food to help communities that suffer the consequences of jihadist violence every day.
Our COVID-19 mission is taking off and we send 22 tons of medical supplies to India on a humanitarian flight organized by Open Arms and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.
We expand our COVID-19 mission and act to prevent the transmission of the virus in workers of the collection of fruit in the Calatayud region (Zaragoza).
After 7 months of reparations, and focused our efforts to assist the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the OPEN ARMS finally returns to our mission at sea.
We assist and accompany people who live in situation of vulnerability and work collecting fruit that had been diagnosed COVID-19 positive.
In the face of the health emergency, our efforts are focused on COVID-19 pandemic most vulnerable people, the elderly ones. We make ourselves available to science so that treatments to stop infection are achieved, as well as to health care teams to avoid more deaths.
Due to COVID-19 global health emergency our crews remain in lockdown on land, while repair takes place on board. ASTRAL is confined at a harbour in Fuerteventura and its migratory flow monitoring mission in the Atlantic Ocean is interrupted.
Its last breakdown takes OPEN ARMS to Burriana harbour in Castellón to check out the size of repairs and perform annual maintenance tasks.
Our 47 year old boat OPEN ARMS after sailing 59,000 miles in a two year humanitarian mission that rescued more than 6.000 people cannot go on sailing due to its serious breakdowns.
We set out on mission 65, the hardest one in the life of OPEN ARMS. We were 21 days seized by Salvini and his government and prevented from disembarking more than 100 refugees rescued in international waters. A court order ordains, in extremis, their disembarkation on Lampedusa Island after days 500 metres off the shore. Salvini faces kidnapping charges from prosecution for preventing disembarkation.
We come back to the Mediterranean Sea.
We manage to leave territorial waters and bring humanitarian aid to the Aegean Sea Islands in Greece.
Spanish government seized our boat OPEN ARMS at Barcelona harbour.
December 2018 – January 2019
We settle in Senegal and start Origin Project in West Africa offering resources, training and awareness in order to empower local communities and build up solid alternatives.
We are 3 years old and have rescued more than 59,400 people thanks to more than 75,000 donations from people like you.
Origin Project starts to fall into place and takes its first steps in Ghana.
We are threatened to death by the “so-called” Lybian coastguards and upon arrival at the Italian harbour OPEN ARMS is seized by Catania prosecution. Another example of the criminalisation undergone by organisations that protect abandoned lives in the Mediterranean Sea.
Thanks to the donation of the OPEN ARMS, an old tugboat, and after months of restoration, our flagboat starts its humanitarian journey in central Mediterranea Sea.
We come back to Central Mediterranean Sea aboard the GOLFO AZZURRO, a converted and medicalised fishing boat that helped us saving 6,000 lives in the first half of 2017.
Arrival of ASTRAL a boat that helped us saving 15,000 lives in the first 4 months of missions.
EU strikes deal with Turkey: Europe’s year of shame. The Balkan route is shut. Thousands of refugees in Lesbos camps are sent back and only a few arrive on the island.
Thanks to your donations we bought two rescue jet skis, just in time to face the biggest ever Aegean Sea shipwreck on October 28th.
We arrived on the north coast of Lesbos where there were not any humanitarian organisations. We rescued swimming without equipment and we often had to use precarious boats previously used by the refugees.