The Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust (CMMT) based in the UK together with Portuguese construction company, Mota-Engil, regret to announce that their joint project to renovate the 100 year old missionary vessel, Chauncy Maples, to operate as a mobile clinic on Lake Malawi, will not be proceeding.

As work has progressed on the vessel, unforeseen technical problems have come to light regarding the integrity of the hull, which mean that the costs of refurbishment have escalated beyond what can be regarded as economically viable Рparticularly noting that the object of the charity is delivery of healthcare and the vessel was only to be the means of delivery.

Colin Hayton, Chair of the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust Board said:

We are very grateful to all who supported this imaginative project and we are very disappointed that the renovation will not go ahead. However we remain committed to our charitable object of the relief of sickness and promotion of health among people who live round the shores of Lake Malawi. Subject to complying with the requirements of Charity Law in England we hope to use our remaining funds to support local projects around Lake Malawi to improve health care for inaccessible lakeside villages.

Gilberto Rodrigues, CEO of Mota-Engil, Africa, said:

We very much regret not being able to complete this project but are convinced that this is the right decision. Mota-Engil remains committed to supporting health care initiatives amongst communities on the shores of Lake Malawi.

In accordance with Charity Commission guidelines CMMT are launching a Failed Appeal. This will entail contacting donors of funds designated solely for the renovation of the ship to give us the authority to redirect them, subject to Charity Commission approval, to enable us to achieve our wider objectives. Meanwhile we will be rebuilding our website to reflect the current situation and way forward and expect to relaunch it by the end of October.

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