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Update on Sea Mercy's Recovery Fleet plans

by Sea Mercy on 16 Apr 2016
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The Sea Mercy Disaster Recovery Fleet is forming in the Pacific under the direction of John Ivey, Disaster Response Director, and Jonathan Robinson, Recovery Fleet Coordinator. John Ivey is working in Suva with the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) and in charge of Sea Mercy’s Rapid Response skippers - approximately 10 vessels.

At the same time, Jonathan Robinsonis mustering the Disaster Recovery Fleet in Opua, NZ and has about 20 vessels preparing to assist in Fiji at various dates from various ports this summer. The recovery work in Fiji is planned to continue through October so there is plenty of time to join us in our efforts if you plan to be in the area.

Tasking will be in support of the Sea Bridge for Fiji program. It is too early for detailed tasking for the rotations but we anticipate our role to revolve around: needs assessment reporting, water delivery systems repair, aid distribution, medical team transport/support, school supplies delivery and anything else that comes up!

Services and discounts offered to our fleet
The following services and discounts have been offered to our fleet in support of our efforts in Fiji – thank you all for your generosity!

Bob McDavitt of MetBob has offered free weather routing and Yachts in Transit/Gulf Harbour Radio passage support will help us keep track of the fleet as they make their way to Fiji.

In addition, Juliet Abbot and Aaron Blackmore from Oddies Marine have offered to help out the Sea Mercy vessels and skippers with discounts on marine equipment and supplies. Fiji and its beautiful people are close to their hearts and they are visiting Fiji to volunteer on the Sea Bridge program in June/July 2016. Oddies Marine will give a discount to those vessels and skippers actively assisting Sea Mercy in appreciation of the amazing work of the organization, helping the people of Fiji and the Pacific.

Lastly, a big “thank you” to Marie (DOMINO) for compiling our collective Lau navigation knowledge and arranging for SAS Planet information to be made available to the Fleet.

There are currently fiveseparate rotations of Disaster Recovery (DR) vessels planned:

Disaster Recovery Fleet one will muster in Vuda Point/Port Denarau in April under the direct tasking of John Ivey and Sea Mercy (Fiji) to follow up on the work done by our Rapid Responders in the Lomaviti and Ra areas with possible tasking to Yasawas.

• Rhapsody/Laura Dwan
• Apopros/Jim Shutt
• Breeze/Per Eliason
• Sylph VI/Bob Williams
• Antares II/Justin Hoye-House
• Zen II/Oscar Groeneveld

Disaster Recovery Fleets 2-5 will be under the direction of Jonathan Robinson on Chez Nous who will be sailing with DR2A from Opua, NZ the end of April.

DR2 will muster in Opua, NZ on April 25th and plan to embark any targeted aid supplies for Norther Lau before sailing for Fiji at the first suitable weather window. Briefings, preparations and access to seminars have been arranged through The Island Cruising Association’s Opua Cruisers Festival. Island Cruising Association has given our fleet a tremendous amount of support and we really appreciate all they have done.

After the additional storms in Fiji last week, the picture of the situation in Northern Lau is still unclear and Sea Mercy is currently sifting through 110 National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) reports to try to establish what aid may already be in place and what supplies we should bring from New Zealand. More detailed information on the aid supplies needed for transport by our fleet will become available once this process is complete.

The Vanua Balavu clearance list for May 11 is now closed with eight volunteer vessels. We are awaiting Fijian Government approval.

Vessel (current location)/Skipper:
• Chez Nous (Whangarei)/Jonathan, Donna, Anita
• Domino (Whangarei/Barrier Islands)/JP and Marie Dufour
• Amelie IV (Auckland)/ Mark
• Perry (Whangarei)/ Matt, Jen and family
• Field Trip (Whangarei)/Mark, Sarah and family
• Interlude 3 (BOI)/Fletcher
• Remedy (Auckland)/David Bateman
• Gambol (Whangarei)/Doug and Ellen

Clearing individually into Savusavu in May, focusing on Taveuni and resupply of DR2A:

Vessel (current location)/Skipper:
• Rewa (Whangarei)/David
• True Blue ( Majuro)/Craig
• Elyse NZ ( Whangaparaoa)/Alan and Gunilla
• Carpe Diem (Wellington)/James, Hannah and family

Clearing individually into Savusavu in June to assist Taveuni/Lau as individual sail plans allow:

Vessel (current location)/Skipper:
• Margarita (Panama)/Timothy
• Full Circle (Opua)/David and Cindy
• Moana (Whangarei)/Urs, Miriam and family
• Plan Sea (Whangarei)/Richard and Jenny

Arriving Vuda Point in May for to assist Ra and Yasawas:

Vessel (current location)/Skipper:
• Rockstar (BOI)/Danny, Charmaine, Catherine
• Anahata ( Majuro)/David
• Zen II (Port Denarau)/Osca

Arriving Savusavu in September:

Vessel (current location)/Skipper:
• KELAERIN (Whangarei)/Jim and Joy

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