Statue of Liberty Replica Reaches New York on CMA CGM NERVAL
The CMA CGM Group recently celebrated the New York arrival of the Statue of Liberty replica from Le Havre in France. A welcome ceremony was held upon her arrival at the Port of New York & New Jersey in the presence of Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM and APL North America, Philippe Etienne, French Ambassador to the United States, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, as well as Kevin O’Toole, Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and US Customs & Border Protection Acting Port Director, Ed Fox.
For this exceptional transport, the Group has been working in partnership with the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) and the Embassy of France in the United States. In Le Havre, the statue produced from the 1878 plaster original of Auguste Bartholdi was taken on June 23 on board the CMA CGM NERVAL, a ship 985 feet long and capable of carrying 6,500 TEUs.
Prior to ocean transport, the 9-foot-tall bronze statue was unbolted, hoisted from her base in Paris and carefully packed in a specially designed case with transparent plexiglass walls for transporting sculptures. The encased statue was then placed in a dedicated 20-foot shipping container for transport. The container showcases a special design to commemorate this unique project.
From the Port of New York & New Jersey, CMA CGM Group’s logistics subsidiary, CEVA Logistics, will transport and install the iconic statue for viewing on Ellis Island. This Statue of Liberty replica will be on display from July 1–6, joining its full-scale sibling to celebrate Independence Day thanks to a cooperation agreement with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and the National Park Service. She will then be transported to her final destination at the French Ambassador's Residence in Washington,DC where she will be unveiled on Bastille Day (July 14) as a symbol of the strong, enduring French-American friendship.