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HAL Ships Unite to Help Haiti

Noordam Hotel Manager Mark Pells shared this note and amazing photos of the HAL family uniting to help the earthquake survivors in Haiti.

With the help of the Westerdam, Zuiderdam, Eurodam and Ryndam teams, the Noordam officers, the Seattle-based corporate staff and a host of others, we landed well over 17,000 pounds of food, clothing and medical supplies in Samana, Dominican Republic, directly into a container truck which is well on its way, if not already in Haiti, via the Samana agent and Dominican Customs officers and the World Food Program.

Special thanks and appreciation to all who helped. We all agree, none of this was meant to be self-serving or garner publicity. We simply wanted to share this experience as a HAL family. CEO Stein Kruse said it best a few years back: “Team Apart-Team Together,” and this couldn’t be a better example of an entire company of separate vessels and teams working as one for a common goal.

Many of us have expressed frustration and feelings of helplessness in the past as the countries we come from or just hear about experience disasters of all kinds. Although we send what support we can, we’re usually too far away to physically help. This time we weren’t.

The Captain supporting his crew and having a look at the supplies on the Fort Lauderdale pier
as they arrive.

HAL crew members pack much-needed supplies for shipment to Haiti.

Full container of supplies and the officials.

The loading team took a time out when we met a little girl getting on a nearby ferry,
recently re-united with some family from what we could tell. Although there were
language barriers, she seemed to know what we were doing and all was communicated
with just a smile. This made the whole effort worthwhile.

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