United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao released a video statement on May 7, in which she expressed her gratitude to the men and women of the American maritime industry. “During these challenging times, I want to send a grateful message to everyone in the U.S. maritime industry to thank you for your work and dedication,” Chao began. “Our nation is so thankful for your continued service to our country during this most unusual time.”
She continued, “U.S. mariners and the U.S.-flag shipping fleet have been critical in helping to keep supply chains moving, and are an important part of our national defense. The department is on the job 24/7, doing everything possible to help you. Knowing that U.S. mariners will always respond to the call of duty gives all of us a sense of security. You are helping our country get through this crisis, and successfully prepare for economic recovery.
“For that, you are to be applauded. You are an inspiration. Thank you, for all that you do for our country,” she concluded.
The video is linked HERE.