Senator Win Gatchalian joins the Philippine Red Cross in celebrating World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 8 May 2017 in an event that introduced to the public the world’s only Red Cross humanitarian ship, at the Philippine Navy headquarters by the Manila Bay. Gatchalian, who is also a member of the Red Cross board of governors, is met by Rear Adm. Allan Ferdinand V. Cusi; Philippine Navy Chief of Naval Staff (CNS); Sen. Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross chairman and CEO; Kari Isomaa, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Head of Delegation; and Wolde-Gabriel Saugeron, International Committee of Red Cross Deputy Head of Delegation. The humanitarian ship has been officially named M/V Amazing Grace prior to its grand launching and commissioning on May 9. The vessel will complement Red Cross’ logistics line up and can be used on various modes of service. The twin-hauled catamaran roll on-roll off 195-foot vessel can be able to carry 6x6 trucks, ambulances and relief goods, has space for up to 120 passengers, 20 vehicles and has a 35-ton overall freight capacity. It was originally designed by the US Navy as a landing craft to transport military equipment like battle tanks. The ship will be manned by a six-member crew from Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific upon an agreement with the Red Cross.
After his working visit to Berlin during the adjournment of Senate Session, the Office of Senator Win Gatchalian is reenergized with new insights.