Haiti-bound cargo ship at Fort Pierce being loaded with construction equipment, supplies

January 25, 2010 / TCPalm.com

The second phase of earthquake relief for Haiti is under way as 200 tons of heavy equipment and building materials are being loaded onto a cargo ship Monday at the Port of Fort Pierce.

imageMonday at the Fort Pierce Harbor, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief load the 235 foot Caribe Star 1 for Haiti. Atlantic Caribbean Line owns the 235 foot long landing craft barge that is design for ocean going. They are taking over $3 million dollars worth of equipment and supplies to Haiti. Click here to see 16 more photos of the operation » 

Fort Pierce, Florida

Once full of supplies for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, the Caribe Star 1 is expected to set sail Monday night and arrive Friday morning at the dock of a former cement factory near Port-au-Prince.

As the supplies and equipment were being positioned at the port Monday morning, Luther Harrison, director of North American projects for Samaritan’s Purse, said the Boone, N.C.-based charity already had a team of 60 in Haiti when the earthquake hit.

Since then, he said, 19 medical personnel at the Baptist Haiti Mission Hospital in Fermathe southeast of Port-au-Prince have been treating wounds, performing surgery and caring for the sick. Also, 40 Samaritan’s Purse staffers are distributing rolls of plastic for temporary shelter, solar flashlights, blankets, community water filters and water purification packets.