Maersk Special Project Logistics (SPL) has assisted with the import of 53.3 million N95 facial masks from Asia to North America between April-May 2020.
A total of 45 million N95 protective facial masks were delivered to Canadian healthcare service providers in Alberta, Canada and 8.3 million masks to a large, private healthcare provider in the USA.
“This pandemic has created challenges in logistics as well as healthcare and we had to create new solutions to bring the necessary equipment to healthcare providers in NAM in record time” said Rob Townley, Head of Maersk SPL.
“From the Asian factory to NAM healthcare facilities, we were able to create a direct logistics solution for this highly time sensitive material. Reliable supply chains enable hospitals to concentrate on their mission rather than on the increasingly complex logistics and manufacturing conditions surrounding PPE,” added Mr. Townley.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Maersk SPL has partnered with healthcare providers and state hospitals in the US and Canada to enable major health systems to meet critical PPE supply needs.
Since April 2020, the company delivered multiple full 747-400F and Antonov-124 air charters of PPE and other pandemic-related supplies to healthcare facilities in California and to the Government of Alberta, Canada using a factory-to-hospital direct model.
This delivery is likely to be followed by further air charters on behalf of the Canadian government and major healthcare providers in the United States in the weeks ahead.
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