SSA Atlantic, a tenant of the Jacksonville Port Authority, organized a donation drive recently to collect disaster relief items to ship to the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
The items included first aid kits, food, clothes, diapers, toiletries, emergency blankets and more were collected, packed and shipped in a container donated by Mediterranean Shipping Co. The container was shipped on one of the company’s vessels out of JaxPort to Freeport.
Participants in the donation drive effort were supported by Blount Island Marine Terminal tenants, Jacksonville labor unions and maritime service providers, including TraPac Jacksonville, ILA Local 1408, ILA Local 1593, C&K Trucking, AMPORTS, Marine Repair Service, BJ’s Wholesale and the Jacksonville Maritime Association.
Mediterranean Shipping and SSA have plans to ship two additional containers to the Bahamas to deliver relief supplies to the area as quickly as possible, according to JaxPort. One of the shipments will include donations from Fernandina Beach High School and other members of the community. The other shipment will include 10 pallets of rice donated by Mars Food US LLC.