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APT ship to house Ukrainian refugees

By Katie McGonagle | 13 Jul 2022

Travelmarvel APT river cruise ship

Picture: APT/Rob Nijhuis

Australian river cruise and touring operator APT is accommodating people displaced by the war in Ukraine on river ship Capella

 

APT and sister brand TravelMarvel have donated river ship Capella to help with housing Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands.

The ship will be docked in the Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht municipality in the west of the country, around 20 minutes from Rotterdam, for the next six months as part of the relief efforts to help those fleeing the conflict with Russia.

The 135-metre ship has 91 cabins and can accommodate up to 182 people on board, and is due to remain in place until January 30, 2023.

The company has also donated more than £11,500 to the World Food Program and Global Development Group’s Ukraine appeal, which is providing food and clean water to people in Ukraine and neighbouring countries including Poland, Romania and Moldova.

Brad Bennetts, UK head of sales and business development for APT and Travelmarvel, said: “Like the rest of the world, we’ve been horrified by the situation unfolding in Ukraine, and eager to look at ways in which we can provide sustained and meaningful help.

“Beyond our initial fundraising efforts, we are pleased that we have been able to use our internal resources to accommodate displaced Ukrainians until the end of January. We will keep looking at other ways to assist as part of our ongoing philanthropic efforts through OneTomorrow, our non-profit.”

Ocean cruise company Holland America Line is likewise providing accommodation for up to 1,500 Ukrainian refugees on board its ship Volendam, in partnership with the Netherlands government and the City of Rotterdam.

 

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