Working with several countries
The Miami-based company is currently working with several nations outside the US that are at capacity with their hospital beds and seeking this type of solution, according to CEO Joyce Landry.
For any missions, the ships will be thoroughly disinfected, reconfigured as needed and fully stocked with food, medical equipment and hospital supplies. They also can provide housing for doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals. These workers would be accommodated in different decks from patients, with separate air ventilation systems monitored on each deck to ensure safety.
Many cruise ships are currently sitting idle across the globe and lines are eager to provide relief services during this pandemic, Landry said. Her company has researched where the ships are, which are available and what lines are willing to offer them. That means Landry & Kling can quickly access vessels, at cost, on behalf of governments, federal agencies, heath organizations and private enterprises.
Expertise in disaster relief charters
In business since 1982, the company has ample experience in this type of undertaking, having organized ship charters for urgent relief situations including evacuation, emergency services, restoration and rebuilding. Landry & Kling is an approved vendor with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and has assisted with numerous government contracts, working directly with FEMA and through government contractors.
Consultation service charges waived
Landry said her company will waive its customary service charges for logistics and consultation during this unprecedented time.
'Our team is perfectly suited to respond in disasters — they are committed and passionate about helping others and will work tirelessly to find ship-based solutions for those in need,' she added.
Services include handling requests for information and proposals, contract negotiation including capability with multiple currencies through global banking relationships, on-site support and identification of potential additional costs related to government, state and/or local taxation and fees.