Carmanah Technologies Inc., Victoria, B.C., has been rushing to fill orders for hundreds of lights to rebuild facilities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
In the week following the hurricane, Carmanah received orders for over 500 of its solar-powered LED marine, railway and aviation lights. To meet the demand, the company has diverted all of its inventory and production to the hurricane region, said Carmanah's CEO, Art Aylesworth. "Carmanah has been in full production mode all week and has been shipping lights daily to the Gulf Coast," stated Aylesworth. "All of Carmanah's marine distributors worldwide have volunteered to forego shipments so that everything in stock and all production can be rushed to the hurricane zone. When we finish filling orders for hurricane relief, we will be busy catching up on backorders for our distributors."
Most of the orders have been for Carmanah's 700 Series marine navigation lights, which have been sent to the U.S. Coast Guard in Mobile, Ala., for distribution to affected areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Also, CSX Corp. ordered 100 Carmanah Model 601 lights to mark railroad bridges along its hardest-hit 100-mile stretch of track between Pascagoula, Miss., and New Orleans. Aviation lights are being ordered to mark helicopter pads.
Carmanah lights are completely self-contained. They can be installed anywhere in minutes and operate reliably for years without need of external electrical infrastructure, providing long-term lighting for ports and waterways, airports, railways and roads worldwide.