The nomination has been received by Maersk Line for the support offered to Ebola-stricken West Africa with continued services, extra equipment, and a USD 1 million UN donation.
At Maersk Line, we believe that we are more than the sum of our vessels. We play an important role in the communities where we operate, also in times of crisis. In 2014, Maersk supported Ebola-stricken West Africa with continued services, extra equipment, and a USD 1 million UN donation.
Just as important was our commitment to keep trade lanes to Ebola-hit countries remain open so that businesses could continue to operate, and sustained food supplies and products could be provided. Local efforts by Maersk have included:
- Continued weekly calls to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with Maersk Line dedicating four vessels in one specific loop to support trade into these countries.
- APM Terminals in Monrovia, Liberia continued operating the port while taking necessary precautions under advice of the WHO to ensure the safety of employees.
- In October 2014, APM Terminals Monrovia built and handed over an Ebola treatment centre to the Liberian government. The camp consists of 50 tents for up to 100 patients, as well as ten tents to be used as offices for doctors and administrative staff. The tents were made using plastic liners donated by Maersk Line. The camp includes showers, toilets, a disposal site and a visitor centre.
Despite the threat of Ebola, we have a social responsibility in the countries we operate in. This includes maintaining open trade lanes for the local economy and also for the supply of aid and relief cargo. We have been in West Africa for many years and will continue to be, and this is our way of committing to the region.