Committing to Ebola-hit countries

Maersk has shipped more than 470 containers and medicines to assist countries in fighting the Ebola crisis in West Africa. This includes the USD 1 million donated to support UN logistics efforts against the outbreak.

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Emergency response: Maersk responded to a fire incident at the Logistics Cluster of Guinea last year by providing instant support of loaned refrigerated containers for storage of laboratory equipment.

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.

We are grateful for Maersk’s swift and prompt response to our requests, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Maersk for this recent donation, as well as for the support received in the aftermath of the fire.

RIE ISHII, GUINEA LOGISTICS CLUSTER TEAM

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Supply routes of aid and relief cargo that Maersk has shipped from all over the world into West Africa.

Overall, Maersk donations include free ocean freight, use of assets such as containers, reefers and forklifts, as well as access to local logistics experts. Virginia Dundas, CSR Manager from Group Sustainability explains: “The Ebola crisis presents various logistical and operational challenges, since it spans international borders. The donation represents just part of the Group’s overall efforts and commitment to the affected countries.”

Pledging a commitment to countries
Apart from donations and expertise rendered, local business units in West Africa have also shown their commitment to the countries they operate in, by maintaining services and working closely with local government and agencies.

Beyond keeping the economy running, an operating port is crucial in the logistics chain for the delivery of the required resources for combating the Ebola disease.

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GEORGE GYAMIE ADJEI, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF APM TERMINALS IN LIBERIA

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George Gyamie Adjei, Managing director of APM Terminals in Liberia, says: “Beyond keeping the economy running, an operating port is crucial in the logistics chain for the delivery of the required resources for combating the Ebola disease. Above all, should operations at the port cease, the global effort to fight the Ebola disease in Liberia would be fatally hampered.”

Adds Adjei: “As responsible corporate citizens, the management of APM Terminals Liberia reached out beyond the fence of the organization to support the local government of and the community at large.”

Eva Kops, Managing Director of Maersk Line in Liberia, sums it up: “Despite the threat of Ebola, we have a social responsibility in the countries we operate in. This includes maintaining open trade lanes for the local economy and also for the supply of aid and relief cargo. We have been in West Africa for many years and will continue to be, and this is our way of committing to the region.”

Despite the threat of Ebola, we have a social responsibility in the countries we operate in. This includes maintaining open trade lanes for the local economy and also for the supply of aid and relief cargo. We have been in West Africa for many years and will continue to be, and this is our way of committing to the region.

Eva Kops

EVA KOPS, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MAERSK LINE IN LIBERIA

Keeping trade lanes open
Besides donation to humanitarian aid, it is also vital that trade lane to Ebola-hit countries remain open so that businesses can continue, and sustained food supplies and products are provided for the crisis. Efforts by local business units include:

  • Maersk Line has maintained its weekly calls to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, dedicating four vessels in one specific loop to support trade into these countries.
  • APM Terminals in Monrovia, Liberia continued operating the port while taking necessary precautions under advice of the WHO to ensure the safety of employees.
  • In October 2014, APM Terminals Monrovia built and handed over an Ebola treatment centre to the Liberian government. The camp consists of 50 tents for up to 100 patients, as well as ten tents to be used as offices for doctors and administrative staff. The tents were made using plastic liners donated by Maersk Line. The camp includes showers, toilets, a disposal site and a visitor centre.