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22 August 2016
Mercy Ships

BRS Group is proud to announce its participation to the Mercy Ships Cargo day event, which will be held on October 19th 2016. For the first time ever, the global shipping and trading community will work together to raise funds for Mercy ships, an NGO operating the world largest private hospital ship.

Access to quality healthcare in Africa is still very complicated, especially in the more rural or remote areas of the continent. Too many people are still dying or put aside of society for illnesses or handicaps that are easily treatable in our modern developed countries. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has provided services and materials in developing nations valued at over $1 billion impacting more that 2.5 million direct beneficiaries, through 587 port visits.

During the Cargo Day, on the 19th October 2016, charterers can decide to nominate cargoes (called Mercy Cargoes) using BRS Group and other participating shipbrokers to fix these. Port agents and inspection companies can also get nominations on the Mercy Cargoes. 50% of the commissions collected on such Mercy Cargoes will be donated to the Mercy Ships Organization. Shipowners and shipping consulting/services companies are also welcome to participate and can make a donation.

This is not the first involvement of BRS Group with Mercy Ships. BRS Group indeed assisted, free of charge, Mercy Ships in finding a yard technically capable of building a tailor-made hospital vessel at an affordable price for the charity. The newbuilding is being built at the Tianjing Xingang Shipyard and is expected to be delivered at the end of 2017 with full deployment in 2018.

BRS Group hopes that many other actors of the shipping and commodity trading industry will also sign up to the Cargo Day in order to help Mercy Ships.

More information here: www.Cargoday.org

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