Abojeb, Red Cross, & Aboitiz Team for MV Amazing Grace
Abojeb Company, Philippine Red Cross, and Aboitiz Foundation to collaborate for MV Amazing Grace
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Abojeb Company today announced that it has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Red Cross and Aboitiz Foundation to provide ship management services for M/V Amazing Grace, the biggest multi-purpose humanitarian and calamity response ship in the country.
The Philippine Red Cross acquired the ship in 2016 to ensure effective transport of humanitarian services and relief in the Philippines and in Asia-Pacific. The Aboitiz Foundation supports M/V Amazing Grace through the ship management services of Abojeb, which includes ensuring the efficiency of the vessel, arranging for maintenance and repair, assigning technical consultants, and developing and implementing a safety management system.
M/V Amazing Grace was originally named M/V Susitna and was a prototype build in Alaska for the US Navy in 2010. It was eventually converted into a ferry but was never used commercially. The multipurpose vessel is a roll on roll off (RORO) type powered by four diesel engines. It can function as a barge for cargo or a twin-hulled vessel that can transverse rough waters, depending on the configuration.
To support the humanitarian services of PRC, MV Amazing Grace can carry ambulances for medical response and 6×6 trucks that will facilitate delivery of relief goods. It can handle a maximum of 120 passengers, 20 vehicles, and boasts a 35-ton freight capacity. Importantly, it can also serve as an emergency command center.
“We in Philippine Red Cross are grateful to seal this partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation and Abojeb. We deeply value this as this partnership means more lives secured in times of disasters,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.
“This partnership with the Philippine Red Cross is aligned with our commitment to continuously challenge our CSR programs and strive to make a more meaningful social impact through our collective efforts. Our engagement for the country’s first humanitarian vessel is a testament that we are inspired to do our significant best to make our communities safe and well-prepared,” Chairman of the Aboitiz Foundation Board of Trustees Erramon Aboitiz said.
“We are honored to take part in this unique project. Abojeb contributes maritime expertise. This will enable the efficient delivery of the Red Cross’ humanitarian response in times of need,” added Carl Martin Faannessen, Managing Director of Abojeb Company, Inc.
Key signatories during the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing ceremony are (front row L-R) Aboitiz Foundation Trustee Sabin Aboitiz, PRC Chairman Senator Richard Gordon, Aboitiz Foundation Chairman of the Board Erramon Aboitiz, Abojeb Managing Director Carl Martin Faannessen, and PRC Secretary General Oscar Palabyab. Also present during the signing ceremony are (last row L-R) AEV FVP for Government Relations DJ Sta Ana, PRC staff Katherine Uyan and Jam Krisette Nunez, AEV VP for Government and Community Relations Susan Policarpio, Aboitiz Foundation President Susan Valdez, Aboitiz Foundation FVP and COO Maribeth Marasigan, and Abojeb AVP for Branding and Communications Thomas Neil Wagan.
Watch the video about the Philippines’ only humanitarian vessel below, courtesy of Rappler.
About Abojeb Company
Abojeb Company is a leading and well-recognized integrated maritime and manpower company from the Philippines, established by the 80 year-old Jebsens Group of Norway. Abojeb Ship Management delivers cost-efficient, globally competitive technical services to Jebsens-owned and third-party vessels of various types. Jebsens Maritime, its crewing arm, provides the best people to the ocean-going ships of its principals from Norway, US, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Singapore, Japan, and Philippines. Abojeb Manpower Solutions deploys talent to many overseas land-based businesses across several industries. The company has expanded presence in Australia, Greece, Japan, Norway, and USA. Since its establishment in 1982, Abojeb has garnered and continues to receive awards from the Philippine government and various institutions.