NORFOLK, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, today announced that it has provided critical supplies to several Louisiana communities impacted by Hurricane Laura.
The supplies, which include large refrigerated containers with generator sets, were delivered Wednesday in coordination with the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Administrator (FEMA), Southwest Louisiana United Way and Central Louisiana Baptists Disaster Relief.
“Our hearts go out to the many families impacted by Hurricane Laura, and we are humbled to play a small part in helping with the rebuilding efforts,” said CMA CGM America President Ed Aldridge. “We have worked closely with communities along the Gulf for decades so we know how resilient they are and hope that our contribution will assist with relief efforts and the distribution of goods.”
The containers will be used to store and distribute food and supplies in impacted communities throughout Louisiana, including Lake Charles, Deridder and Alexandria. CMA CGM will provide both refrigerated and dry storage containers to help the hundreds of thousands of residents in need of support. The refrigerated containers will also include self-powered generator units where needed.
Denise Durel, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana, added: “CMA CGM is playing an important role in helping our community recover from this tragedy. Contributions like this one help us provide much needed support and warm meals for storm-affected Louisiana residents.”
This effort is part of the CMA CGM Group’s unwavering commitment to the U.S. As the nation’s top ocean-freight carrier, CMA CGM serves 19 U.S. ports with 34 services and 93 weekly port calls including the Port of New Orleans. In addition, the Group’s subsidiary, American President Lines (APL), operates a fleet of U.S.-flagged vessels and supports U.S. territories and American military stationed around the world.
The CMA CGM Group employs more than 12,000 team members across the U.S. and is also a leading provider of logistics services through its subsidiary CEVA Logistics.
About CMA CGM
Led by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is a world leader in shipping and logistics. Its 500 vessels serve more than 420 ports across five continents around the world and carried nearly 22 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2019. With CEVA Logistics, a world leader in logistics services, CMA CGM handles more than 500,000 tons of airfreight and 1.9 million tons of inland freight every year.
CMA CGM is constantly innovating to offer customers new maritime, inland and logistics solutions. Present on every continent and in 160 countries through its network of 755 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs more than 110,000 people worldwide, of which 2,400 in Marseille where its head office is located.