Sea Crews

Our sea crew is made up of two units, seafarers and specialised activists, who operate professionally in SAR (Search and Rescue) missions on board the Mare Jonio.
The seafarers are further divided into two sections: deck (Captain, First Officer, Boatswain and Seaman) and engine (Director, First Officer and Second Officer)
All the activists who take part in our missions at sea have had years of experience and professional training.

Mare Jonio

The 'Mare Jonio' is a tugboat that has been in service since 1972. To date, it is the only Italian-flagged monitoring and rescue vessel in the Mediterranean.
It has a gross tonnage of 320m3, a length of 38 metres, and a maximum width of 9 metres.
Despite its age, the 'Mare Jonio' is a robust and reliable ship that successfully operates in monitoring and rescue missions at sea.

Key Roles

On board a search and rescue vessel, each crew member has a specific and important role to play.
Teamwork and coordination on board are crucial: everyone must be able to communicate effectively, work closely together and quickly adapt to changing situations.

Head of Mission

The Head of Mission is responsible for managing the search and rescue operation in its entirety. This role requires extensive maritime experience and an in-depth knowledge of search and rescue procedures. The head of mission coordinates the efforts of all crew members and cooperates with other organisations to ensure that the operation is carried out efficiently and safely.


The rescuer coordinates medical and rescue assistance to shipwrecked and injured people during search and rescue operations. This role requires basic medical training and extensive experience in rescue at sea. The rescuer must assess the severity of injuries and provide appropriate treatment in the shortest time possible. They must be able to work under pressure and coordinate with other crew members, so that people in distress are safely transported to the SAR vessel.

Rhib Drivers

Rhibs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) are very important during search and rescue operations, and being a Rhib driver requires specialised training, for they are responsible for transporting crew members and rescued persons to and from the SAR vessel.

Shipboard Doctor

The ship's doctor is responsible for emergency medical care on board the SAR vessel. This role requires advanced medical training and extensive experience in handling medical emergencies at sea.


The logistician is responsible for managing the logistical resources on board the SAR vessel. This includes the management of fuel, food, water and other supplies required for operations on board the vessel. The logistician is responsible for planning and organising supplies and waste management on board.

Rescue Coordinator

The Rescue Coordinator is responsible for coordinating search and rescue operations on board the SAR vessel. This requires an in-depth knowledge of search and rescue procedures and of the technology used during rescues.

Operational Training

The preparation and training of crews are crucial to ensure the success of search and rescue operations at sea.

Mediterranea's crew training covers a wide range of skills, ranging from maritime skills, such as navigation, communication and safety on board, to emergency medical skills.

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