Carmanah has been rushing to fill orders for hundreds of lights to rebuild facilities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
In the week following the hurricane, Carmanah received orders for over 500 of its solar-powered LED marine, railway and aviation lights. "To meet the demand, the Company has diverted all of its inventory and production to the hurricane region," said Carmanah's CEO, Art Aylesworth. "Carmanah has been in full production mode all week and has been shipping lights daily to the Gulf Coast. All of Carmanah's marine distributors worldwide have volunteered to forego shipments so that everything in stock and all production can be rushed to the hurricane zone. When we finish filling orders for hurricane relief, we will be busy catching up on backorders for our distributors."
Most of the orders have been for Carmanah's 700 Series marine navigation lights, which have been sent to the U.S. Coast Guard in Mobile, Alabama, for distribution to affected areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Also, CSX Corporation ordered 100 Carmanah Model 601 lights to mark railroad bridges along its hardest-hit 100-mile stretch of track between Pascagoula, Mississippi, and New Orleans. Aviation lights have also been ordered to mark helicopter landing pads.
Other orders continue to arrive as agencies assess their rebuilding needs. Transportation infrastructure along the Gulf Coast was significantly damaged. A preliminary estimate of damages to the Port of New Orleans and other public ports of Louisiana totals US $1.7 billion. Together, the shipping facilities of the Louisiana coast represent the largest U.S. port and the fifth largest global port.
Carmanah lights are completely self-contained. They can be installed anywhere in minutes and operate reliably for years without need of external electrical infrastructure, providing long-term lighting for ports and waterways, airports, railways and roads worldwide. Carmanah has previously provided its solar-powered LED lighting technology for crisis relief efforts in Sudan, Haiti and the Middle East.
With more than 150,000 installations, Carmanah is a world leader in solar-powered LED lighting. For more information about the Company's unique marine lighting solutions, please visit www.solarmarinelights.com or contact the Marine Lighting Division at:
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