Sunday, February 28, 2016
"Recovery Fleet" Update by Jonathan Robinson
While our First Response Fleet is working hard to get desperately needed food and water to the remote islands in Northen Lau, the second phase of Sea Mercy's response, the Recovery Fleet, will begin operations at the end of cyclone season.
Our experiences in Vanuatu last year after Cyclone PAM proved to us that small teams of cruising boats, working together, can make a significant contribution to the recovery of devastated remote islands.
The muster port for New Zealand will be Opua (Bay of Islands). Briefings are planned to commence there on 25 April, with a view to departing at the first suitable weather window thereafter.
We have several vessels north and east of Fiji in Tonga and The Marshall islands as well as some in Savusavu, Fiji. A second rally point and tasking will be determined for that group.