Friday, October 9, 2009

Shipping Industry Freights Aid To Earthquake And Tsunami Struck South Pacific

Logistics Suppliers World Wide Answer the Call
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH PACIFIC – The horrific events in the region which have devastated Samoa over the past few days have held the headlines of the international press for all the wrong reasons lately. It is good to report that whilst the world looked on there were those within the freight industry that stepped up to assist the victims.

It is not easy to calculate the amount of support given by the industry to this cause, the occasional press release, a telephone call from an agent, these are the only real indicators of the depth of assistance which has been freely offered. What is certain is that the people of New Zealand, with its large Samoan contingent, have been tremendously supportive and local transport companies have been at the forefront of the relief effort.

Whilst Handy Shipping Guide has already reported the aid supplied by Mitsui OSK Lines to the Philippine disaster we learn that Maersk Line have supplied free containers for loading in New Zealand to carry the large amounts of aid supplies donated by local people and companies. Reef Shipping, amongst other local companies, have supplied free transport to the Island, other containers being carried on HMNZS Canterbury.

The Navy’s multi purpose vessel sails at 10 am tomorrow (Saturday 10th) stuffed with desperately needed supplies and will bring back the lightweight Iroquois helicopters and exhausted personnel who were amongst the first on the scene. The tragedy of having to leave what were villages as mass graves will weigh heavily on them.

P & O Cruises via Carnival Australia have supplied bedding, again shipped free from Port Vila by a local agent, with the promise of more to come. Meanwhile in Padang the Indonesian National Shipping Company are providing free tickets to Jakarta residents who need to return after the 7.6 Richter earthquake on 30th September which has killed over 700 people, the bulk of them in Padang itself.

Any individuals or companies in the freight community who wish to contribute can do so using the links below.

Padang Appeal Site

Unicef Asia Pacific Appeal

Red Cross Samoa Appeal 

 Pic: Courtesy of the Red Cross. Phot Talia Frenkel Samoa 5th October 2009