France Charters MN Calao for Beirut HADR

August 14, 2020 (Google Translation) – After the departure of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre for Beirut on Sunday August 9, it was the turn of the chartered vessel MN Calao to set sail on Wednesday August 12 evening for Lebanon.

It carries 1600 tonnes of material on board, including around one hundred military vehicles and devices (trailers, etc.) which will be employed by the “Ventoux” earth engineering group of the Army, on board the PHA Tonnerre in as part of the clearing and deployment assistance work in the port of Beirut.

In addition to the military equipment needed for the work to come, around 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian freight are added in around 100 containers, which will be handed over to the Lebanese and which significantly supplement the first items already in transit on the PHA Tonnerre . Among them are in particular:

– Eight fire-fighting vehicles provided by the Marseille fire brigade battalion (BMPM) of the French Navy and the Bouches-du-Rhône departmental fire and rescue service (SDIS13);

– But also various essential materials (food freight, sanitary and construction materials) made available by the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Solidarity and health and by private companies.

The loading and unloading are carried out in Toulon and abroad, with support from the 519 th regiment of the train, specializing in port logistics operations, including degraded environment.

The MN Calao is a ro-ro container ship adapted to the needs of the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

This RORO vessel from Maritime Nantaise is operated under a year-round charter contract. It is involved in the supply of French holdings outside mainland France, exercises abroad and occasional screenings in theaters of operations.

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