Aug 28, 2018

Okeanos Marshall Islands delivers much needed food to Maloelap Atoll

On 27 August, Okeanos Marshall Islands packed several tons of food and supplies to sail to Maloelap Atoll. The experienced crew leaves Majuro on 28 August and will arrive in Maloelap Atoll one day later.

The Maloelap Atoll is a coral atoll of 71 islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative district of the Ratak Chain of the Marshall Islands. Its land area is only 9.8 square kilometres, but that encloses a lagoon of 972 square kilometres.

Its population of about 680 suffered under a food shortage for several weeks. The Marshall Islands has relied heavily on international food relief since the severe 2015 to 2016 El Nino drought, which continues to affect parts of the country.