Senior figures from Stena Bulk and Teekay Shipping will lead a US committee set up to promote Mercy Ships’ annual Cargo Day fundraiser.

JR Gardner, general manager and head of crude oil and fuel in the US for Stena, and Teekay’s Eric Nagel, director of Atlantic aframax and global support services, have been working to raise support in the US for this year’s event on 3 October.

The plan is to grow the committee and rally even more industry support when Cargo Day is staged again next year, said Mercy Ships’ Russ Holmes, director of corporate development.