Liberty Promise Reflags American

April 2010

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Liberty PromiseMore shipboard opportunities recently appeared on the union’s job radar with the delivery of the Liberty Maritime Corporation (LMC)-operated MV Liberty Promise into the U.S. fleet.

A roll on/roll off platform, the Liberty Promise becomes the ninth vessel in LMC’s SIU-crewed fleet. She joins fellow RO/RO sister ships the Alliance New York and the Liberty Pride along with bulk carriers Liberty Eagle, Liberty Glory, Liberty Grace, Liberty Spirit, Liberty Star, and Liberty Sun in LMC’s flotilla of vessels which sail under the Stars and Stripes. Like the Liberty Pride, which entered the American-flag fleet late last year, the Liberty Promise also is a pure car and truck carrier. LMC’s affiliate, Liberty Global Logistics, will employ the vessel together with its sisterships, the MV Alliance New York and MV Liberty Pride, in the worldwide international trade focusing on providing first-class service to the United States military and other customers.

Seafarers are manning the vessel’s unlicensed positions in all three shipboard departments. Current crew members include Bosun Mark Lance, ABs Benjamin Wright, Hector Barnes, Ryanne Wheeler, Delroy Brown and Lawrence Tharp; Oilers Alexander Kramer and Lee Roy Wright; Steward Baker Gregory Melvin and SA Richard Gegenheimer.

The Liberty Promise was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding in South Korea. She boasts a draft of 32.8 feet and has a 105.44-foot beam. The Promise has a total deck cargo area of more than 584,000 square feet and is rated to carry 6,100 small cars. She is 656 feet in length, has a MAN B7W 7S60MCC6 engine and can sail at a service speed of 20.5 knots.

“We are delighted to take delivery of the MV Liberty Promise, our second newly constructed, state of the art, pure car-truck carrier, and to bring it into the U.S. flag fleet to serve the needs of our nation’s military personnel,” said Philip J. Shapiro, Liberty’s President and CEO. “We also salute the men and women of our U.S. citizen crew, comprised of well-trained members of the SIU and the MEBA, and wish them fair winds and following seas,” he concluded.

“The addition of the Liberty Promise to the U.S.-flag fleet means more jobs for SIU members,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “It’s great news not only for the union but also for the country during these very trying economic times.”

Liberty Maritime Corporation is based in Lake Success, N.Y. Formed in 1988 as the operating entity for various deep sea oceangoing dry bulk carrier vessels owned by Liberty Shipping Group, the LMC is one of the largest privately held independent operators of U.S.-flag dry bulk carrier vessels. Its American-flag fleet operates in both the preference trades of the United States and the international commercial trades.

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