Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Otherwise Inconsequential Consignment Profoundly Affects Those Charged With the Shipment

From New York to Florida for Piece of 9/11 History
Shipping News Feature

US – Just occasionally a comparatively small shipment has a value or importance which transcends its actual size or value, a Picasso painting, perhaps an historical relic, but particularly a consignment that weighs heavily on the collective consciousness of a nation. So it is then that the shipment last week of an otherwise inconsequential metal beam from the 2001 World Trade Centre's foundation drew attention as it was originally extracted from the wreckage of the World Trade Centre following the 9/11 attacks some fourteen years ago.

This piece of history was destined for a memorial site in South Florida where it will be formally dedicated on the fourteenth anniversary of the tragedy which stunned the world. Another formal ceremony at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) occurred last Wednesday morning, as the beam was transferred from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to American Airlines cargo facility. American's JFK team had refurbished a tug and dolly specifically to transport the beam and also created a special crate for its journey to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

American Airlines worked closely with the Kennedy Space Centre Fire Rescue and members represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU)-International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, to begin the transport of the 2,000-pound beam. American Airlines Cargo and Ground Services Inc., a partner trucking company, donated all transportation costs for this important artefact, which made the fully escorted journey from New York to Florida. Korina Trinh, a Cargo Operations Control Analyst with American Airlines Cargo commented:

"I am deeply moved by the many groups that came together in order to make the movement of this historical item possible. I am grateful for the opportunity to be entrusted with coordinating the transportation of such an important part of our history. I had the utmost confidence in my colleagues and counterparts' abilities to ensure this beam would arrive at its destination safely and with the honour, dignity and respect it deserves."

Jim Butler, President of AA Cargo added:

"On behalf of the thousands of dedicated employees of American Airlines Cargo, it is an incredible honour for us to have been entrusted with this move. This is a moment for us to reflect that air cargo is far more than just a business."

Others involved in the shipment were equally respectful with Transport Workers Union Fleet Service Crew Chief Angelo Cucuzza saying:

"As the Executive Vice President of TWU Local 501 here in New York, I'm proud to be representing all of the ground workers who lent their support and helped begin the process to transport this beam from New York all the way to Florida. As a lifelong New Yorker, there's obviously an emotional attachment to anything related to the World Trade Centre.

“When the call came in, it was a no brainer that we would do whatever was needed to make it happen and that's what happened today. It is only the beginning of the journey. To see everybody bond together at American with the assistance of the Port Authority was tremendous. I am very happy to be a part of it."