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AkzoNobel’s Coatings Transform Vine Trust’s Medical Ship

Published on 2017-08-14. Author : SpecialChem

People living in remote and isolated Amazonian communities will now have access to primary healthcare with the support of a medical ship operated by Vine Trust and restored using coatings from AkzoNobel.

MV Forth Hope

Medical Ship
AkzoNobel’s Coatings Transform Vine Trust’s Medical Ship

Vine Trust’s new vessel, named MV Forth Hope, is expected to deliver more than two million medical consultations over the next 20 years to isolated communities on the Peruvian Amazon.

Forth Hope was transformed into a medical ship with the support of various medical and marine organizations, including AkzoNobel. Assembled in Scotland, the ship recently began a 6600 mile transatlantic voyage to Peru. AkzoNobel’s high performance coatings will help the ship to use less fuel and produce fewer emissions as it travels.

Less Fuel Consumption with AkzoNobel’s Coatings


Forth Hope will add to the sustainable program that Vine Trust has built in Peru. The Edinburgh-based international development charity enables volunteers to provide medical, home-building and care support to communities living in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru, and has been providing healthcare in the Amazon since 2001.

The Project a Part of Gobal Human Cities Initiative


Vine Trust’s Chief Executive, Willie McPherson, says the impact Forth Hope will have cannot be overestimated.

Vine Trust has always sought to make a significant and lasting impact on the people we support. The delivery of MV Forth Hope to the Amazon will double the current capacity of our Peru Medical Program, enabling the provision of 200,000 consultations per year, and deliver invaluable medical services to remote riverine villages which might otherwise go unserved.

"We are proud to partner with Vine Trust to advance the efforts to transform the lives of those most in need," added Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director for AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.

This initiative is a great example of how corporates, NGOs and volunteers can make a bigger impact by working together.

AkzoNobel’s involvement in the project highlights the work the company is doing as part of its global Human Cities initiative.

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