Maine-based ship finally offloads goods in Haiti

Posted March 06, 2010, at 11:50 a.m.

LES CAYES, Haiti — It took more than a month, but a Maine-based ship finally has the green light to offload 200 tons of earthquake relief supplies.

The Sea Hunter received permission Friday to begin moving supplies to smaller Haitian boats under the watchful eyes of two United Nations patrol boats off Les Cayes.

The 220-foot Sea Hunter left Portland on Jan. 31 with food, clothing and medical equipment, but its departure from Miami was delayed by the Coast Guard. The vessel was required to bring aboard additional licensed crew but there were more obstacles in the form of bureaucracy in Haiti.

Deckhand Julia Cote told the Portland Press Herald that 33 days of near-constant frustration felt worth it. She said “we’re finally getting it done.”

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