New Bridge of Hope Unveiled for Villagers in Banten Province, Indonesia

Bridge of Hope

BMT Group Ltd (BMT), the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has officially unveiled its ‘Bridge of Hope’, which has been built to help connect the people of two villages and enable safer crossing of the Ciliman River in District of Panimbang, Pandeglang Regency, Banten Province, Indonesia.

Bridge of Hope PeterWorking with its NGO partner, ‘Yayasan Relawan Kampung Indonesia’, BMT employees from around the world have supported this philanthropic project, providing engineering and environmental skills and expertise. BMT Group’s Chief Executive, Peter French comments: “Being able to make a difference to the quality of life of the local people in Desa Mekarjaya and Desa Sukaresmi is extremely rewarding and we’re incredibly proud of what has been achieved.

The bridge will not only provide much easier access to public amenities such as schools, food markets and medical facilities, it will support economic development helping people get to work and transport produce across the river.”

Bridge of Hope TeamThe project has been a collaboration between the local community, Yayasan Relawan Kampung Indonesia’, BMT and local authorities. It has also received support from AkzoNobel Marine Coatings, the producer of International Paint, who has generously donated all of the paints required to ensure the bridge is protected from corrosion and provided their expert guidance on how to apply it.

Nitin Matthew, Country Manager, AkzoNobel Marine Coatings, Indonesia, says: “AkzoNobel is proud to honour its commitment to help create more Human Cities around the world. I strongly believe that the collaborative efforts between AkzoNobel and BMT will improve lives and make a difference to the residents of the two villages. We are glad to play our part in transforming lives of these residents with a tangible and lasting impact using our three key strengths – essential ingredients, essential protection and essential colour.”

This project is the second to be delivered under the ‘BMT Giveback’ banner, an initiative conceived to celebrate BMT’s Silver Jubilee and formed to use the skills of staff to better the lives of people through charitable, sustainable projects, all of which are suggested, developed and delivered by staff.

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