CMA CGM has launched a humanitarian relief effort to ship aid to Lebanon following the devastating blast at the Port of Beirut earlier this month.
The “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign will have CMA CGM converting one of its ro-ro ships from its usual service from Marseille to Beirut over the coming days to ship relief supplies.
“The campaign will allow for the transport of emergency equipment and essential goods and products provided by the CMA CGM Foundation’s NGO partners and the Group’s partner companies. The initiative also has the support of deeply engaged French public institutions which have been highly mobilized,” the French shipping company said.
A ro-ro vessel was chosen for shipments given its flexibility to carry vehicles, containers and pallets. The company will be bearing all shipping and port operation costs and providing a storage facility in Marseille until the vessel departs.
The CMA CGM Group is mobilizing its teams to centralize, 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 organize delivery as quickly as possible.
Source: CMA CGM