Introduction

In 2015 we pulled two former migrant boats from the Mediterranean to Amsterdam. To start the most inclusive, the most colourful and probably the most sympathetic canal cruise company of the city. You may decide whether we have succeeded in this. We - a crew with roots in Syria, Somalia, Eritrea, Egypt and the Netherlands - would love to sail and guide you through our beautiful Amsterdam.

Like to discover Amsterdam together? Yes, let's sail!

COVID-19 UPDATE
After a long break, we are ready to sail again. Of course, we will do so in a way that is in line with the guidelines of the RIVM, for small groups. Your health and that of our crew is our priority. Get in touch with us to discuss the possibilities.

Tours

Canal Tour

i.c.w. ZEP theatre productions

Every Saturday at 11:00 and 13:30, we sail out for our Canal Tour, in which we focus on the role migrants have played in the making of Amsterdam. The open and tolerant character of the city has shaped her into the international hotspot it is today. Our guides tell you the hidden history of Amsterdam through the eyes of its immigrants and outsiders, including their personal migration story. This tour can also be booked privately!

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Friday Afternoons with Mr. Friday

Join us on a Friday afternoon for a tour with our flagship Alhadj Djumaa (which simply translated means 'Mister Friday' in Arabic). Twice a month we sail to the IJ river from our little harbor at Mediamatic (Dijksgracht 6) to eat, drink and meet. We always have a cultural program aboard, ranging from musicians to theatre makers or story tellers, or we host a collaboration with a cultural organization from Amsterdam. Reservations for this Friday joy can be made by clicking on the link below. We like to see you on board! And feel free to bring some of your favorite snacks and drinks with you.

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Fleet

alhadjdjumaa

The official name of this Egyptian vessel is 'Alhadj Djumaa'. Alhadj means a wise old man who has been on pilgrimage, and Djumaa means Friday. It departed Egypt on the 25th of July 2013, headed for Lampedusa. It's only 12m by 4m, but it carried a staggering 282 passengers – 217 Eritreans and 65 Ethiopians. As far as we know, they all made it safely across the ocean.

The boat was seized the day after departure by the Italian authorities, who later gave it to us.

In between the oil barrels, life jackets and clothes left behind on board, we found a book of sheet music for guitar. One other line of text is written on the back of the vessel: road to freedom, way of peace.

hedir

We don’t know much about the history of our smaller boat, except that it was picked up by the Italian coast guard on August 29, 2014, about 18 miles southwest of the Sicilian town of Portopalo. We call it "Hedir", the word that is written on the side, which means 'thunder' or 'roar' or 'powerful woman' in Arabic. Our only other clue to its history was a pair of diving goggles which were left on board.

At just 6m long, it's well suited for slipping through the canals and under bridges. Since all new vessels in Amsterdam have to be electric, we refitted this former refugee boat, so now it moves along silently.

Podcast

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In coronatijd hebben we weinig gevaren maar niet stilgezeten: zie hier de Rederij Lampedusa Podcast! U kunt ons ook vinden op alle bekende podcast-kanalen.

Contact

For more information please send us an email at info@rederijlampedusa.nl.

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Home base and harbor:
Mediamatic
Dijksgracht 6
1019 BS Amsterdam

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