Our hearts are heavy following Hurrican Dorian’s devastating impact on the Bahamas. And as the storm churns dangerously close to the coastline of the Carolinas, we are once again reminded of our vulnerability living along a coastal area.

The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico) is from June 1st to November 30th, peaking from late August through September. However, deadly hurricanes can occur anytime during hurricane season.

After the storm when floodwaters have subsided, the hard work begins.

Federal, state and local government officials will deploy personnel along coastal communities to evaluate the damages after a storm. But most often, there is not enough housing due to damanged infrastructure.

Ship charters are used to house relief workers and first responders.

Cruise ships used as dockside “Floating hotels” are a welcome solution for cities, counties, organizations, or companies looking for hard-to-find hotel accommodations. The ship’s sleeping rooms and other venues are available for insurance adjusters, clean-up crews, construction teams, medical professionals and others.

Carnival Fascination was chartered for hurricane relief

These types of ship charters are a way to facilitate emergency relief services along the U.S. coastlines, Caribbean or other coastal areas around the world devastated by natural disasters.

Cruise ships charters will be able to provide warm meals and recreation facilities under the same roof at an affordable price. With these vessels serving as temporary housing, ship charters provide a comfortable, safe space for displaced families and first responders following a devastating natural disaster.

Previously, many cruise lines have responded to the need for housing relief. For example, in 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chartered the Carnival Fascination and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration to provide accommodations to survivors and first responders following several devastating hurricanes that hit the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Every natural disaster is different and calls upon unique relief efforts. Planning and rapid response time is critical when working with federal and local relief agencies.

Should the need for a ship charter arise to serve as a temporary floating hotel, we stand ready to assist.

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NOTE: During Landry & Kling’s 37 years in business, we have facilitated ship charters for different relief situations including evacuation, emergency services, restoration and rebuilding.

Our most significant FEMA government contracts involved securing a cruise ship charter for a six-month Hurricane Katrina relief mission in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005, and Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010.

For more information on disaster relief ship charters, please contact Landry & Kling.