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Saturday, 12 August 2017 18:33

Philippine Red Cross, Aboitiz Foundation, and AboJeb Company sign memorandum of agreement for M/V Amazing Grace

L-R: Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Sabin Aboitiz, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) CEO Erramon Aboitiz, Abojeb Managing Director Carl Martin Faannessen, and PRC Secretary General Atty. Oscar Palabyab.
 
 
 
The Philippine Red Cross’ very own humanitarian vessel, M/V Amazing Grace, enhanced its readiness to sail and operate through its partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation and AboJeb Company.
 
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, PRC Secretary General Atty. Oscar Palabyab, graced the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Aboitiz Foundation Chairman Erramon Aboitiz, Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Sabin Aboitiz, and AboJeb Managing Director Carl Martin Faannessen held at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The Aboitiz Foundation supports the M/V Amazing Grace through the ship management services of AboJeb Company, which includes ensuring the efficiency of the vessel, arranging for maintenance and repair, assigning technical consultants, and developing and implementing a safety management system.

“PRC will continue to set sail on a voyage of hope to reach out to our countrymen and provide assistance when they need help the most. In every humanitarian action that we take, we are all here to help one another. With this partnership, the ship will maintain its ability to respond during emergencies and disasters. We are one in mission to help the most vulnerable,” said Gordon.
 
It may be recalled that the PRC has an existing MoA with the Maritime Academy for Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) for the crewing requirements of the M/V Amazing Grace. AboJeb will more provide in addition, ship management services.

The M/V PRC Amazing Grace is a 195-foot military prototype ship that came from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is a twin-hulled catamaran Roll on Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessel powered by four diesel engines. Its arrival in the Philippines in December last year officially made it the biggest ambulance and disaster response vessel in the country.
 
PRC plans to use the ship as rapid transport and landing vessel for Red Cross’ emergency units. It will also serve as relief supply transport ship, hospital ship, medical facility deployment ship, sea rescue and mass evacuation vessel, humanitarian logistics ship, mobile operations command post, and humanitarian education and training ship.
 
Last May 9, 2017, the M/V PRC Amazing Grace, was launched at the Philippine Navy National Headquarters in Manila.