Historic Vessel VEGA

Scandinavian built Humanitarian vessel Vega sails 15,000 kilometers to aid remote island communitiess

Press release   •   Jan 14, 2014 13:03 +08

During our 2013 delivery season the Humanitarian vessel Vega delivered over 20 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to some of South East Asia's most remote island communities. This was made possible by our friends and supporters who so kindly donated the supplies needed.

Every year for the past 10 years the Humanitarian Vessel Vega has sailed over 15,000 kilometers gathering these supplies and then delivering them to the needy.  Following the same route even year, visiting the same islands and communities, vVega's all volunteer crew have helped build medical and educational capacity for these isolated communities. By providing equipment, drugs, and training support for over 120 traditional midwives Vega has helped reduce the maternal and natal mortality rates for the community she assist by as much as 50% in some places. Vega also provides basic fishing and farming supplies to some of the more remote islands in order to improve nutritional content. For more information visit the Vega website at www.sailvega.com or the Facebook page at "Historic Vessel Vega". Your encouragement and assistance are important to us and the people we assist.

Built at Olve, Norway in 1891-92, for over 100 years VEGA carried cargos of bricks, building stone, pig iron, and cement through some of the world’s roughest seas. Built for the North Sea and certified for Arctic trade, VEGA was famous for her strength and ability to carry loads other boats her size could not. Baltic traders like VEGA made some very impressive voyages including immigrants to North America and cargo to the Mediterranean, Africa and the Caribbean, some even rounded Cape Horn to trade with Chile. Now Vega carries a new cargo. One of hope for the isol;ated island communities she and her all volunteer crew assists.