On Friday, March 3, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao  welcomed the newest vessel to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in the strategic port of Beaumont, Texas. Renamed the M/V Liberty Passion, it is the third ship owned by Liberty Global Logistics to join the MSP fleet.

The Port of Beaumont hosted a special event for Liberty Global Logistics to commemorate such a momentous occasion, and Host had the privilege of being the agent for the M/V Liberty Passion’s maiden voyage. Others in attendance included U.S. Congressmen Brian Babin and Randy Weber, Acting Director of U.S. Transportation Command, Joel Szabat; Deputy Commander U.S. Transportation Command, Lt. General Stephen Lyons; President and CEO of Liberty Maritime Corporation, Philip J. Shapiro and many local and national officials. 

“Today we are celebrating a public-private partnership that is strengthening America’s Merchant Marine, as well as America’s Armed Forces,” said Secretary Chao. “U.S.-flagged vessels are a critical component in our domestic commerce, moving $467 billion worth of goods between ports in the U.S.  In addition to these robust economic contributions, a healthy U.S. maritime industry crewed by American merchant mariners is also a vital part of our national security at ready call to support the Armed Forces and carry military equipment and suppliers to the frontlines.”