Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines and Taiwan's EVA Air began bringing rescue workers into areas of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami and other companies pulled together support services and donations Tuesday as shipping operators mobilized responses to the humanitarian disaster in Japan.
French container ship operator CMA CGM said it has moved to "support its teams on site and help in the delivery of emergency assistance."
UPS pledged $1 million to the relief effort in Japan and other operators said they had contacted global relief groups to begin providing transportation and logistics support.
"FedEx will work with our long-standing humanitarian organization relationships: American Red Cross, Heart to Heart International, Water Missions and Direct Relief International to assist in bringing critical medical and other emergency supplies required for the recovery efforts currently under way," FedEx said in a statement.
Organizations accepting donations of money and supplies for Japan relief:
The Red Cross
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
International Medical Corps
Doctors Without Borders
American Humane Association
MOL, based in Tokyo, sent four ferries into the area of northeastern Japan around Sendai to carry members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and vehicles to rescue operations.
Evergreen Group Chairman Yung-fa Chang put the group's resources, including its large maritime and aviation operations, toward "the rescue work for the unspeakable tragedy" in Japan.
Evergreen said its EVA Air subsidiary carried relief teams and supplies from Taiwan to Tokyo Narita International on Sunday and carried more relief goods to Japan on Monday.
"Evergreen Group reiterated that appropriate agencies should take advantage of group's resources to assist the ongoing emergency rescue and recovery work," the company said.
The American Logistics Aid Network, a consortium of companies that have agreements to provide services to relief groups, said it was awaiting word from Japanese authorities and non-governmental organizations on specific needs.