The Maersk donations include:
- 81 shipments carrying over 470 containers of food, medicine and vehicles to affected countries
- 65 dry containers and 8 reefers donated for storage and inland transportation
- 10,900 tonnes of shipping capacity donated
- 15 humanitarian organisations supported
More than 470 containers shipped under Maersk from all over the world, 73 containers donated for aid cargo storage, and 15 humanitarian organisations supported. These are some of the figures included under the USD 1 million donation allocated by Maersk to the United Nations’ logistics effort in Ebola-hit West Africa since last year.
Wolfgang Herbinger, Logistics Director from the UN’s World Food Programme, says: “The Ebola response critically needed logistics support. Maersk and other corporate partners supported the humanitarian aid community in shifting gear to keep up with the huge challenge we were facing.”
On-time incidence response
In Guinea, following a fire at the main Logistics hub in Conakry last December, Maersk provided support instantaneously by responding through the loan of refrigerated containers to the Logistics Cluster.
These containers, immediately operational, proved extremely valuable as they enabled key transiting material through Conakry to be kept at the right temperature before being urgently dispatched to Forest Guinea, such as laboratory equipment for the testing of the Ebola virus.