AAL, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is offering charity organisations cargo transport on its global fleet to and from any port on its scheduled sailings, free of freight charge.

AAL’s ‘Get Onboard!’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is being launched from April 8 for an indefinite period and will consider any registered charity worldwide regardless of the chosen cause.

Kyriacos Panayides, managing director of AAL, explained, "The virus pandemic has taken its toll on not just the shipping sector, but businesses and organisations everywhere – devastating supply chains and pressuring financial performance.

"This is especially true of charities, who rely on the goodwill of individual and institutional donors to get help.

"Unfortunately, widespread job losses, social distancing regulations, and the global economic downturn means they are losing much needed support and revenue. This, in turn, hurts the beneficiaries of their work the most."

Panayides added, "2020 is our 25th anniversary year and we unanimously agreed to harness this milestone to give something back to the communities that we serve.”

"'Get Onboard!' is open to any registered charity – children, environmental, health and disability, welfare and hunger, poverty, community service, educational, animal protection, etc.

"We have a fleet of multipurpose heavy lift ships operating nonstop and carrying cargo between large and small ports in key markets across the world – Oceania, Asia, India, Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Subject to terms and conditions being met, we will carry containerised (shipper owned container) cargo free of freight charge no matter how long the journey,” he concluded.