Antwerp, Belgium – American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) recently hosted the newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of Transportation Carol “Annie” Petsonk onboard the M/V ARC Integrity at Euroports Terminal, Antwerp, Belgium. The vessel was loaded with various types of military and humanitarian equipment moving to Europe in support of the nation’s national security interests as it relates to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Assistant Secretary Petsonk discussed the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people stating, “What we see is the vessel’s carrying two types of equipment: One is the personal vehicles and belongings of service members who are going to serve in U.S. forces in Europe, the other is military equipment, including defensive capability equipment, and medical vehicles for providing medical supplies to injured.” The ARC Integrity is enrolled in the Maritime Administration’s Maritime Security Program (MSP), the maritime readiness program that helps maintain an active fleet of U.S.-flag, U.S.-crewed, privately-owned commercial ships in global commerce available to the U.S. Government and its various departments and agencies.
Additional vehicles, medical supplies and temporary bridges destined for Ukraine were offloaded at the Port of Bremerhaven, Germany. “Ukraine desperately needs medical supplies and capability to move those supplies into the country to the points where they are needed, and that’s what these vehicles will provide.” Petsonk told reporters from Reuters.
The tour was led by Captain Morgan Dailey and Chief Mate Michael Loesch from the vessel and Christopher Barber and Brian Jones from ARC shoreside leadership. ARC’s Sr Director Christopher Barber, stated, “ARC is very proud to be a key part of this multi-agency effort with USTRANSCOM, the US Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration to move these critical items to Eastern Europe in support of these efforts.”
ARC provides Government Services including global logistics and shipping services. ARC and its U.S. affiliates own and manage the largest U.S.-flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) fleet. This includes providing American-owned, managed, and crewed Ro-Ro shipping and intermodal services committed to the requirements of the Department of Defense, other U.S. Government departments and agencies, and commercial customers.