june 2018

21jun21:0021:30FeaturedParticipatory Reading: Guidance on Ensuring the Safety and Security of Seafarers and Rescued Persons21:00 - 21:30 E: Ship Studio

Event Details

Convened by Rona Lee, this is a participatory reading of a text which draws together material taken from Article 98 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2015 Guidance on Ensuring the Safety and Security of Seafarers and Rescued Persons  (published by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)).

Circumstances surrounding the large numbers of people attempting to enter Europe by crossing the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas mean that commercial vessels – tankers, cargo and merchant ships – bound by requirement that they “render assistance to any person found at sea in danger of being lost” – are frequently involved in rescue operations. Since 2014 approximately up to 29% of all persons rescued have been saved by commercial vessels. Lacking specialist equipment and with small crews of around 20 these vessels face particular challenges when conducting large scale rescue operations involving up to 500 people at a time.

This text which offers guidelines on managing processes of rescue, embarkation and transport to a place of safety highlights the practical and psychological issues involved – infection, injury, dehydration, trauma, the needs of different cultural and religious groups, unaccompanied minors, risk of fire, risk of violence, lack of supplies, diversions, delays – for both rescued and rescuer. It also provides insights into the particular codes by which the sea is governed and the ways in which conditions in the Mediterranean have occasioned a particular collapsing of the different ‘liquid planes’’ of commerce, law, territory and human need.

This reading is intended as an act of recognition of this complex situation, at its conclusion a collection will be taken for the charity MOAS, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, whose search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas have assisted over 40,000 children, women and men since 2014.

We would like to invite all to take part as a reader. Readers need no special skills and will be briefed fully in advance as to what is required; the event will last approximately 25mins and you are welcome to attend without reading. The event is open to all, but you sign up to be a reader


image: © International Chamber of Shipping



Rona Lee is an artist and Professor of Fine Art, Northumbria University. Her artistic practice is process based encompassing a range of media, settings and forms of intervention. Exhibition and commissions include: The Ikon Gallery; Firstsite; Newlyn Art Gallery; Beaconsfield; Henie Onstad Museum, Oslo; La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City; John Hansard Gallery and (forthcoming) A Necessary Darkness, Amsterdam Light Festival, “dark, liquid. “On Knowledge/Non-Knowledge of the Sea”, Galerie Nord, Berlin.

She has been the recipient of awards from the British Council, UK Arts Humanities Research Council, Leverhulme Trust and Arts Council England and participated in various international artist’s residencies.


(Thursday) 21:00 - 21:30


E: Ship Studio

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL