French shipping line CMA CGM has launched its “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign in order to contribute to international and French relief efforts in Beirut.
The campaign will see the transportation of medical equipment and essential goods and products to support the Lebanese population, following the devastating explosions that hit Beirut.
For the campaign to work CMA CGM will deviate a vessel from its usual service towards the Port of Beirut.
One of the CMA CGM Group’s ro-ro vessels will be deviated to travel from Marseille to Beirut in the very near future – the dates are to be determined.
In a statement the company said roll-on/roll-off or ro-ro vessels are perfectly suited to the needs of humanitarian transportation. They can carry containers, motor vehicles (fire engines, ambulances, civil engineering vehicles) and pallets. The CMA CGM Group is bearing all shipping and port operation costs and providing a storage facility in Marseille until the vessel departs.
The CMA CGM Group is mobilising its teams to centralise, consolidate and transport the humanitarian supplies of participating organizations which have a clearly identified and vetted structure to receive them on Lebanese soil.
The CMA CGM Group is setting up an operational unit in Marseille and Beirut to review requests and organise delivery as quickly as possible.