"Liberty Ship" Museum Signing at Posidonia 2008

On June 2, 2008, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis inaugurated the 21st "Posidonia" International Maritime Exhibition (www.posidonia-events.com), underlining Greek shipping's contribution to the national economy. Referring to the sector's successful performance, the Prime Minister mentioned that Greek shipping manages 17% of the international merchant fleet, 20% of the international fleet in transporting dry cargo, and 23% of the international fleet of tankers.

During this international maritime exhibition, the American delegation signed an agreement to transfer the last remaining U.S. "Liberty Ship," the Arthur M. Huddell, to Greece for use as a floating museum.

Present at the signing was Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis, who has championed the "Liberty Ship" project for the past several years. In addition, several Greek officials and ship-owners who have played vital roles in advancing the project were recognized, including Deputy Minister Panos Kammenos, Spyros Polemis and Vasilis Konstantakopoulos.

The World War II - era Huddell, is the last Liberty ship in the U.S. Maritime Administrartion's fleet. It is currently moored in the James River Reserve Fleet site at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

http://athens.usembassy.gov/pr-25-2008.html

www.greeknewsagenda.gr, June 3, 2008



(Posting date 10 June 2008)

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