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CMA CGM launches “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” to ship emergency aid to Beirut

PortandTerminal.com, August 13, 2020

Global shipping line CMA CGM, which has deep emotional ties to Lebanon, launches international relief initiative to send medical equipment and essential goods and products to Beirut.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – The CMA CGM Group, owner of the third-largest container shipping fleet in the world, has announced that it is launching a humanitarian project to help the people of Beirut as they struggle to recover from last week’s devastating explosion.

By launching “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign, the CMA CGM Group contributes to international solidarity efforts by transporting medical equipment and essential goods and products to support the Lebanese population, following the devastating explosions that hit Beirut.

One of the CMA CGM Group’s ro-ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) vessels will be deviated from its usual service to travel from Marseille to Beirut in the very near future.

“Roll-on/roll-off or ro-ro vessels,” the company says, “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.

“A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” to support French and international relief efforts

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 (Crisis and Support Centre of the French Ministry for Europe and foreign affairs, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the City of Marseille, Marseille’s Naval Fire Brigade, Marseille’s Public Hospitals – APHM).

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