M/V Liberty Passion's Maiden Voyage
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.”