SEA STAR Line said yesterday, 20, it is taking earthquake relief a step further by converting relief containers into temporary housing for the homeless of Haiti, which was hit by a 6.1-intensity aftershock.
Once medical supplies, food and water is dispersed from the boxes, Sea Star will donate 50 to 100 FEU and 45ft containers to the Red Cross, which will arrange to have windows cut into them and cooling units installed.
“We found this was an easy and effective way to help with the relief effort,” Fred Schloth, Sea Star’s marketing VP, told Fairplay.
Sea Star’s efforts have been hung up, however, by the logistical nightmare confronting commercial carriers, as the US military works to restore shattered country’s supply chain.
A Crowley Maritime spokesman told Fairplay today it will conduct a test beach landing tomorrow, unloading a dozen TEU boxes from the container ship Macajam onto a smaller vessel, which will relay the supplies to the beach.