August 17, 2020 (Google Translation) – At the dawn of the peak of the hurricane season, the overseas support and assistance building Dumont D’Urville will deliver until September 3, 2020 more than 4 tons of humanitarian material to 5 Caribbean countries. This logistical assistance for the armed forces in the Antilles comes at the request of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
CDEMA is the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agency dedicated to the coordination of resources implemented in the event of a natural disaster in the Caribbean. CARICOM is a supranational organization bringing together 18 countries 1 , created in 1973 to strengthen interstate ties in the Caribbean and to build a free trade area around a single market ( Carribean single market and Economy ).
The CDEMA, which brings together 18 countries 1 , is an agency attached to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 2 dedicated to the coordination of the means implemented in the event of a natural disaster in the Caribbean. Freight provided by the CDEMA and transported by the Dumont D’Urville (goggles, coveralls, tarpaulins etc.) was loaded in Barbados last Friday. This equipment will allow the islands served to prepare to intervene with their population if a cyclone, among other things, hits them.
The vessel will unload this cargo successively in the ports of Antigua, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia while respecting strict sanitary measures: no contact between the crew and the teams on the ship. quayside, systematic disinfection of pallets before loading and unloading, etc.
Thus, the Dumont D’Urville is participating in the preparation of neighboring countries at the start of the hurricane season, while taking care not to spread the COVID virus, and not to expose its own crew.