On September 20th , Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, made direct land fall on Puerto Rico, bisecting the entire island and drenching it with feet of rain leaving unprecedented damage, just some days after the first hurricane Irma. The vast majority of the island was without electricity and with no phone service and a lot of people remained without home.

Since last September, MSC Cruises has been contributing significantly to a worldwide effort to support the affected communities and islands in the Caribbean that were most impacted by these recent hurricanes, assisting populations in reconstructing structures destroyed and sending aid for adults and children. 

So also this time, MSC containers loaded with humanitarian aid and vital goods, onboard  the ferry named  “Excellent “ , provided by Grandi Navi Veloci, MSC’s ferry division, left Genoa as part of the initiatives to relieve the severe emergency situations in Puerto Rico. 

Populations will receive tons of water, food, building materials, personal supplies, lighting, mattresses, blankets and loads of empty containers for shelter and medical supplies. 
In addition, in November, MSC , along with members of the government of the British Virgin Islands, welcomed and dedicated a new, 4,000 square-foot, pre-fabricated building that MSC donated to serve as a school on the island of Virgin Gorda.  With all 15 schools destroyed in the British Virgin Islands, this new school will allow the children of the island to focus on the future and continue their education. The school is set to open on or before November 27th.
The school donation is just one piece of the larger relief efforts to help support the Caribbean and its people through MSC’s global resources.
This was possible thanks to the precious collaboration of all connected partners that worked together,  to create a better and stronger Caribbean for the future. 
Click here to learn more about our efforts.