The Port of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island received two 40-foot shipping containers in addition to 18 containers filled with supplies thanks to combined efforts from a group of maritime partners including MSC Group and South Carolina Ports Authority. MSC Group called on industry players to come together and provide support for the region through swift preparations for the containers to ship. The shipments follow the devastating impact left behind by Hurricane Dorian including wiped out electric power, water resources, and destroyed homes.
“Despite our global presence and large-scale operations, MSC is ultimately a family company and we are fully committed to supporting both immediate and longer-term relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas,” said Fabio Santucci, Managing Director MSC USA. “MSC’s extensive land and sea operations and services, our regional knowledge and our gracious partners have allowed us to quickly mobilize to collect and deliver these items of necessity.”
Of critical supplies loaded and sent to Port of Freeport by more than 10 group partners, over 200 gas generators, tarps, gas cans, canopy tents, power cords, extension cords, batteries, water, toiletries, baby wipes, diapers, cleaning supplies were successfully received and distributed.
“Together with our charitable arm, the MSC Foundation, we are continuing to work closely with local officials, community leaders and key relief and recovery organizations in the Bahamas to identify additional ways in which our MSC Group can support the immediate and long-term needs of the local residents and businesses as they look to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian,” added Santucci.
Among the partners contributing to these efforts include the following: South Carolina Ports Authority, U.S. Maritime Alliance Ltd., DCLI, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District – International Longshoremen’s Association, Virginia Ports Authority/Virginia International Terminals Inc., Port of Miami/Miami-Dade County, Port of Houston Authority, TICO Tractors, Stevedoring Services of America, S.C. Stevedores Association, Maritime Association of South Carolina and Container Maintenance Corp./CMC Logistics.
“In Charleston, we understand the devastation a hurricane can have on entire communities,” S.C. Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome
said. “After seeing Hurricane Dorian’s distressing impacts on the Bahamas, we wanted to take action and send crucial supplies in the hopes of providing some relief.”