Angelos for the port

June 06, 1994

Can a truck driver run the Port of Baltimore? He not only can, but he's been doing so for the past couple of months. Given Michael P. Angelos' fine recent performance and his outstanding record of achievement since joining the Maryland Port Administration four years ago, there's no question that he can head the state's port agency on a full-time basis.

With his background as a former longshoreman, it is not surprising that Mr. Angelos has been a key factor in healing the labor-management rift that has hampered the port for decades. Both sides trust him, assured that he can view a dispute from both points of view. As Mr. Angelos has demonstrated in recent years, the inclusion of labor representatives in on-going port discussions goes a long way toward easing strains and preventing misunderstandings.

During his time with the MPA, he has overseen the opening of the state-of-the-art Seagirt Marine Terminal, negotiated a tough new agreement there with the International Longshoremen's Association and monitored the port's marketing, finance and operating arms. On top of that, he had previously worked on the docks as a longshoreman, run his father's transportation company and served as superintendent and a vice president of ITO Corp., the port's largest stevedoring company. At ITO he negotiated contracts with many of the world's big steamship lines.

The port's labor harmony and competitive attitude instilled by the former director, Adrian G. Teel, helped set the stage for a dramatic comeback on the Baltimore docks. In the past year, port activity increased by more than 5 percent. But that was just the start of good news. In the first quarter of this year, total tonnage increased a sharp 21 percent, with strong gains reported across the board. And as the country's economy picks up, the port seems to be a key gateway for imported steel products.

Clearly, Mr. Angelos is taking over as the port is on the upswing. His job is to keep this momentum going. A strong, vibrant and growing Port of Baltimore means jobs and prosperity for tens of thousands of people in this region.

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