Since August 2019 they have been chartering the Ocean Viking, a vessel designed for mass rescues. Built in 1986, it was first used as an emergency response and rescue vessel, a standby vessel ready to rescue large numbers of passengers and take care of large numbers of people in case of mass casualties.
SOS MEDITERRANEE fitted out the large aft deck of the Ocean Viking and installed a container module to accommodate, care for and protect the survivors, based on its previous experience with the Aquarius.
Six containers were cut up and arranged to form a large interior space which is used as a shelter for the survivors. Above this, 3 other containers have been installed and are used as storage for the equipment of the rescue and medical teams.
Moving towards the foredeck, after the shelter for the survivors, a medical module structure has been installed. Inside this clinic: a reception room, a consultation room, a medicine storage room, a room with beds for patients, toilets and showers. A refrigerated container has also been installed and can be used as a morgue if necessary.