PSP Lending Hand
Mar 2012

HAMPSHIRE-based PSP has played its part in helping deliver consistent electricity to a hospital in Africa that has been plagued by life-threatening power cuts.

Kagando Hospital in West Uganda is currently running using electricity from the rural electrification programme. However, the source is inconsistent and power cuts are a regular occurrence, putting the lives of patients and staff at risk.

PSP, sponsor of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, has stepped forward and lent its logistics expertise to ensure a solution is delivered.

The company has been working with the Friends of Kagando charity to transport a generator to the hospital, which will ensure it has access to power 24/7.

The Lister Petter Omega 200kw diesel generator and electronic control box, which was donated by Lister Petter, will be used to ensure that even during a power cut, doctors can continue their important work. In addition, the container that it was shipped in will be converted and used to house the generator.

PSP, which ships commercial equipment as well as boats around the world, arranged the purchase of a container to transport the generator and other goods to Africa, organised the loading process, shipped the items on board a vessel and freighted it to Kampala port.

Frank Dixie, Managing Director of PSP, said:

“We have worked with Friends of Kagando before and know that their extraordinary work is vital to supporting the hospital. When they approached us and said they needed help in getting these goods delivered, it was clear that our answer would be yes. It is rewarding to know that we have played a part in ensuring the hospital can continue its life-saving work.”

Ralph Settatree, from Friends of Kagando, added:

“Sending containers of equipment to Kagando Hospital has always been part of our purpose as a charity and we were absolutely delighted when PSP said it was willing to get involved. If PSP hadn’t offered its help we would have had to waste precious time looking for another shipper with the ability to undertake this big project and spend a great deal of money in paying full cost for the transportation.”

The generator was packed in Eastleigh before being transported to Felixstowe port and loaded onto a vessel. It set sail on February 28 and is now headed to Kagando, via Mombasa.