Haiti: US Maritime Commission assists relief

THE US Federal Maritime Commission has told vessel and marine terminal operators it will help them speed the delivery of aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

“The FMC is committed to taking whatever steps we can under our jurisdiction to smooth the regulatory process and expedite shipment of cargo,” said commission chairman Richard Lidinsky.

The move is aimed at encouraging new water services from US ports to Haiti as soon as facilities there are able to receive them.

The FMC also told freight forwarders that they can give free or reduced-rate service to relief agencies shipping to Haiti, and marine terminal operators can waive or reduce charges for relief or reconstruction.

Meanwhile, the Maritime Administration announced that it is preparing a second high-speed superferry, Alakai, to offer passenger and cargo relief to Haiti. The organisation activated the first superferry and four other reserve ships earlier this week.

As a 6.1-intensity aftershock hit Port-au-Prince yesterday, the US Navy hospital ship Comfort began treating victims off Haiti’s coast.


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