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MARSEILLE, September 13, 2017. The French government has asked CMA CGM to ship 46 modular living containers, food and vehicles from Marsellie on September 14 to St Martin is response to the devasation caused by Hurricane Irma.

CMA CGM West Indies serivceThe company is using one of its regular sailings (right) to the islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy for the shipment that also includes 90,000 bottles of water. The vessel is due to arrive in two weeks.

CMA CGM said it has already made two roundtrips between Pointe-à-Pitre and the Saint-Martin/St. Maarten ports of Galisbay and Philipsburg respectively, delivering 400 tonnes of humanitarian aid on each trip with a third rotation under way.

The Dutch Red Cross said 90 percent of buildings on the French/Dutch island were damaged and a third destroyed. Visiting the island on September 12, French president Emmanuel Macron promised rebuilding efforts would result in a "model island" and a "showcase of French excellence".

The Dutch government is sending the 28,000 tons multipurpose support ship Karl Doorman to Philipsburg with more supplies that are expected to arrive by the end of September.

Boston-based catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates insured losses in the U.S. resulting from Hurricane Irma range from US$20 billion to US$40 billion. The company said this would include property losses from wind and storm surge damage but not infrastructure, marine cargo and uninsured properties.

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