BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY – American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) re-named its seventh US- flag Ro-Ro vessel the M/V Patriot. A naming ceremony will be held in the Port of Baltimore in October.

Patriot (ex-Aida) was re-flagged to American registry on March 30 as the seventh U.S.-flag Ro-Ro vessel in ARC’s fleet. The reflag was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard in the Port of New York. The vessel replaced M/V Courage in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and was also enrolled in the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA).

Consistent with past practice to name ARC ships after American values, she has now been renamed M/V Patriot. The designation has a long and storied history as one of ARC’s first vessels was also named M/V Patriot (ex-Fidelio, built 1987) before aging out of MSP in 2012.

The vessel is among the most capable and militarily-useful vessels in the U.S.-flag commercial fleet, able to carry tracked vehicles, helicopters, trucks and other military and high and heavy project cargoes.

M/V Patriot is 199m long with a beam of 32.26m. She has a 14.15m wide and 7.04m high stern opening, with a stern ramp rated for cargo up to 240 MT.

ARC is the largest U.S.-flag Ro-Ro carrier, and the third largest U.S.-flag carrier operating in international trade. Founded in 1990, the company provides Ro-Ro shipping services committed to the requirements of the Department of Defense, other U.S. government departments and agencies, and commercial customers. ARC’s headquarters are in New Jersey, and additional principal offices are located in Germany and Washington, DC.

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