The Statue of Liberty’s “Little Sister” has completed her journey to Washington, D.C., following a visit with her “Big Sister” on Ellis Island. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the bronze replica, made from the plaster mold of the 1878 original, was safely shipped via ground transportation through CMA CGM Group subsidiary, CEVA Logistics, and has now been installed at the French Ambassador’s residence in time to celebrate Bastille Day.
Following Little Liberty’s arrival, CMA CGM and APL North America President Ed Aldridge and Executive Vice President Laurent Olmeta commented at a press event being held at the French Ambassador’s residence on Tuesday, July 13.
Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM and APL North America, said, “The CMA CGM Group is pleased to have provided the shipping and logistics for this historic symbol of liberty, freedom, peace and friendship. CMA CGM took care of the ocean transport for the Statue of Liberty’s Little Sister while subsidiary CEVA Logistics handled ground transportation, delivery, dismantling and setup on both sides of the Atlantic. Together, we successfully executed the mission with utmost care and surgical precision. This assignment is not only symbolic of the Group’s cutting-edge innovation and customized solutions, but also our commitment to both our customers and team members in the United States. It has been an honor for CMA CGM to be part of Little Liberty’s incredible journey, and we welcome her to her new home.”
Ambassador of France in the United States Philippe Etienne said, ”The first Lady Liberty was not given by the French government to the American government, but by the French people to the American people. Her little sister will arrive in the U.S. as the result of a joint effort led by historians, artists, and engineers; civil society, cultural institutions and companies from both countries.”