Disaster Response Fleet

Sea Mercy Disaster Response Fleet

With the most recent cyclones hitting the Philippines, Tonga and now Vanuatu, one of the greatest challenges faced by the local health ministries and international aid organizations was their inability to deliver aid to the remote islands affected by each natural disaster. Aid would flow into the primary islands, but there was no way to deliver the food, water, medicines and care desperately needed to the outer remote islands. Until Sea Mercy began to operate in 2013, There were no disaster response platforms available to deliver international aid to all of these remote islanders.

With earthquakes and tsunami's becoming an almost yearly event in the South Pacific, there is a growing need for an effective and far reaching disaster response program that could deliver this much needed aid to "all" of the islands during these disasters. Providing these necessary health care and disaster relief services to South Pacific remote islands is the very reason that Sea Mercy was created.

To fill that need, we developed Sea Mercy's Disaster Response Fleet to assist our island nation partners in their time of need.

About our Captains video

Disaster Response Video of Sea Mercy in Fiji 2016

Disaster Response work video in Vanuatu 2015

Sea Mercy's Emergency Response Fleet

In addition to our Floating Health Care Clinic (FHCC) vessels, we have a growing fleet of volunteer vessels who are available to deliver emergency and disaster relief assistance to island nations recovering from recent disasters.

Our volunteer Disaster Response Fleet are large sailing and motor vessels (mono and catamaran) that have notified and registered with Sea Mercy and are willing to sail into recently impacted areas to assist island nations in the delivery of food, water, medicines and care to their remote islands.

Requirement to be a Disaster Response Fleet vessel is as follows:

  • Register your vessels with Sea Mercy (online) for evaluation and approval
  • Vessel must reside in the South Pacific
  • Keep Sea Mercy notified of your current location
  • Vessel must be able to carry food, water, medicines and health care staff to stricken areas
  • Vessels must be able to operate for a minimum of 2-4 weeks per assignment
  • Vessels with email communication minimal preferred (SSB)

When a disaster occurs like in Vanuatu, Sea Mercy will begin to reach out to our island nation partners to offer our assistance to deliver emergency services to their remote islands. If our service is requested, Sea Mercy will begin contacting the nearest vessels to see if they are available to assist the island nation in need. Based on the need and availability, Sea Mercy will select the number of vessels needed and begin developing an operational plan (schedule for the vessels), get clearance and fee waivers for the vessels, and help arrange for the necessary initial and ongoing local and international aid contacts, staff and supplies needed for the vessels to deliver the local and international aid to the remote islands affected.

Operational Support and Becoming a Fleet Member

When funds are available or provided by the island nation or international aid community, Sea Mercy will provide our captains with operational/maintenance stipends to assist in covering or offsetting their fuel and food costs during their Fleet assignment. Our goal is to secure a source for fuel and food for our vessels so that they can operate effectively and safely. For more information on becoming a Disaster Response Fleet vessel, email us or use the online Sea Mercy Captain Form. We hope we never have to make that call, but it is nice to know there is someone there willing to help if we do.

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