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Cyclone Pam - A South Pacific Relief Story

Cyclone Pam - A South Pacific Relief Story

8 years ago

This story begins in 2006 when Kestrel was contacted by Walter Glass, acting as forwarder for a seating company who was supplying the stadium seats for the Caribbean Cricket World Cup. In 2010, during relief efforts for the Haitian earthquake, Kestrel supplied vessel charters to Samaritan Purse, a leading worldwide relief  NGO. We also met Michael Rettig, Founder of which is a non-profit coordinator for matching needs with transportation providers to fill the gap between Government and NGO logistics efforts.

Fast forward to 2015, when Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc upon the Islands of the South Pacific, most affected being Vanuatu. What follows is a story how a loose network of forwarders and carriers along with the compassion of several mega-yacht owners based out of New Zealand, came together to supply these remote islands with basic needs. The players involved will most likely never meet face to face; but all fulfilled a key role to make a successful logistics story: