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By KELSEY PERKINS and KELSEY PERKINS,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | February 2, 2006
The largest container ship ever to call on the port of Baltimore arrived Wednesday at the Seagirt Marine Terminal, officials announced today. The Tokyo, which made its first trip to Baltimore from Charleston, S.C., is one of the Mediterranean Shipping Company's largest ships, weighing nearly 72,000 tons and spanning 900 feet long, 131 feet wide and 184 feet high. "This is a day that will go down as one of the most significant events in the 300-year history of our port," said Brooks Royster, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
A team of scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground has completed the historic mission of destroying the most dangerous of Syria's declared chemical weapons stocks, Pentagon officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Navy Capt. Rich Dromerhauser on Monday morning to congratulate the team of some 64 civilians and contractors aboard the MV Cape Ray, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. The chemists and engineers from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground worked for more than a month aboard the specially fitted container ship to neutralize 600 tons of chemicals, including the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. Officials have said the first-ever shipboard destruction of the weapons, performed under heavy international guard in the Mediterranean Sea, could serve as a model for future efforts to eradicate chemical weapons from the world's arsenals.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 6, 2006
SEATTLE -- Twenty-two Chinese stowaways were caught early yesterday entering the United States in a shipping container. The 40-foot container was flagged for inspection, and the people hiding inside would have been found even if they hadn't been caught early yesterday by port of Seattle security, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. The Rotterdam, a container ship that left Hong Kong on March 19, later arrived in Shanghai, where the container carrying 18 men and four women was loaded on board, said CBP spokesman Mike Milne.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
— After months of waiting, a team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground is now ready to begin the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday. The work is to take place aboard a container ship specially fitted with equipment to neutralize Syrian stocks of the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. The team of some 64 civilians from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground sailed from Italy on Wednesday for an undisclosed location in international waters, where they plan to destroy the materials under heavy international guard.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating whether the body of a man that washed up against a homeowner's pier in southern Anne Arundel County on Thursday is that of a crew member who went missing from a commercial container ship late last year. Officials with the state's Department of Natural Resources Police alerted the Coast Guard of the body, which was found in Deale, about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, said Lt. Peter Francisco, a Coast Guard marine investigator. "Whenever there is a body recovered, that's cross-referenced against all missing people that the Coast Guard has searches for," Francisco said.
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March 25, 2014
I don't know where commentator Gene E. Bigler got the idea that Panama is handling eight million containers "mostly to U.S. consumers this year" ( "Panama Canal expansion critical to the U.S.," March 18). The canal expansion project will have only a minor impact on existing container traffic to Baltimore from Asian nations. Traffic that originates in Hong Kong and ports to its south will continue to use Suez via Maersk Line and other carriers sailing container ships that are already too large to transit the new locks in Panama.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
A team of scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground has completed the historic mission of destroying the most dangerous of Syria's declared chemical weapons stocks, Pentagon officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Navy Capt. Rich Dromerhauser on Monday morning to congratulate the team of some 64 civilians and contractors aboard the MV Cape Ray, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. The chemists and engineers from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground worked for more than a month aboard the specially fitted container ship to neutralize 600 tons of chemicals, including the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. Officials have said the first-ever shipboard destruction of the weapons, performed under heavy international guard in the Mediterranean Sea, could serve as a model for future efforts to eradicate chemical weapons from the world's arsenals.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
— After months of waiting, a team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground is now ready to begin the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday. The work is to take place aboard a container ship specially fitted with equipment to neutralize Syrian stocks of the World War I blister agent sulfur mustard and the sarin precursor DF. The team of some 64 civilians from the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground sailed from Italy on Wednesday for an undisclosed location in international waters, where they plan to destroy the materials under heavy international guard.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
At the end of January, chemists and engineers left Aberdeen Proving Ground for the Mediterranean Sea to lead the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. More than two months later, they're still waiting for the mission to start. As the Syrian conflict lurches into a fifth bloody year, the forces of President Bashar Assad appear to have gained the advantage over U.S.-backed rebels. Assad's army, once dismissed as inadequately equipped, ill-prepared for guerrilla fighting and of suspect loyalty, has capitalized on infighting among the rebels and a steady flow of support from Moscow and Tehran to chalk up victory after victory.
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By Joe Biden | November 24, 2013
In 1956, the world's first container ship, the Ideal X, sailed from New York harbor to the Port of Houston. Instead of sacks and crates stuffed in a musty hull, the ship carried 58 neatly packed containers on its deck. Shipping costs fell drastically and global commerce changed forever. A world of opportunity - and competition - had arrived. But American manufacturers were up to the challenge, thanks in part to the commitment of federal, state and local governments to build and maintain a world-class infrastructure that helped move their products and turn profits.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
At the end of January, chemists and engineers left Aberdeen Proving Ground for the Mediterranean Sea to lead the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. More than two months later, they're still waiting for the mission to start. As the Syrian conflict lurches into a fifth bloody year, the forces of President Bashar Assad appear to have gained the advantage over U.S.-backed rebels. Assad's army, once dismissed as inadequately equipped, ill-prepared for guerrilla fighting and of suspect loyalty, has capitalized on infighting among the rebels and a steady flow of support from Moscow and Tehran to chalk up victory after victory.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
I don't know where commentator Gene E. Bigler got the idea that Panama is handling eight million containers "mostly to U.S. consumers this year" ( "Panama Canal expansion critical to the U.S.," March 18). The canal expansion project will have only a minor impact on existing container traffic to Baltimore from Asian nations. Traffic that originates in Hong Kong and ports to its south will continue to use Suez via Maersk Line and other carriers sailing container ships that are already too large to transit the new locks in Panama.
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By Joe Biden | November 24, 2013
In 1956, the world's first container ship, the Ideal X, sailed from New York harbor to the Port of Houston. Instead of sacks and crates stuffed in a musty hull, the ship carried 58 neatly packed containers on its deck. Shipping costs fell drastically and global commerce changed forever. A world of opportunity - and competition - had arrived. But American manufacturers were up to the challenge, thanks in part to the commitment of federal, state and local governments to build and maintain a world-class infrastructure that helped move their products and turn profits.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating whether the body of a man that washed up against a homeowner's pier in southern Anne Arundel County on Thursday is that of a crew member who went missing from a commercial container ship late last year. Officials with the state's Department of Natural Resources Police alerted the Coast Guard of the body, which was found in Deale, about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, said Lt. Peter Francisco, a Coast Guard marine investigator. "Whenever there is a body recovered, that's cross-referenced against all missing people that the Coast Guard has searches for," Francisco said.
NEWS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 6, 2006
SEATTLE -- Twenty-two Chinese stowaways were caught early yesterday entering the United States in a shipping container. The 40-foot container was flagged for inspection, and the people hiding inside would have been found even if they hadn't been caught early yesterday by port of Seattle security, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. The Rotterdam, a container ship that left Hong Kong on March 19, later arrived in Shanghai, where the container carrying 18 men and four women was loaded on board, said CBP spokesman Mike Milne.
BUSINESS
By KELSEY PERKINS and KELSEY PERKINS,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | February 2, 2006
The largest container ship ever to call on the port of Baltimore arrived Wednesday at the Seagirt Marine Terminal, officials announced today. The Tokyo, which made its first trip to Baltimore from Charleston, S.C., is one of the Mediterranean Shipping Company's largest ships, weighing nearly 72,000 tons and spanning 900 feet long, 131 feet wide and 184 feet high. "This is a day that will go down as one of the most significant events in the 300-year history of our port," said Brooks Royster, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration.
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By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2000
The day before they and their rates were to be placed under state jurisdiction, the pilots who guide ocean-going ships into Baltimore's port raised their docking fees by 50 percent. Some lawmakers and port industry officials say the move violates the spirit of a new law regulating the 10 docking pilots and threatens to undermine the port's efforts to attract new business. Some also accuse the pilots association of reneging on an earlier pledge to hold rates in check after passage of the law, which took effect Oct. 1. The pilots are unapologetic, saying they had to raise the fees they charge steamship companies in order to make up for new overhead costs resulting from the legislation, which differs vastly from a Senate bill that was favored by the pilots.
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By Merle Rubin and Merle Rubin,Los Angeles Times | January 25, 2004
The Colombo Bay, by Richard Pollak. Simon & Schuster. 262 pages. $25. Intrigued by the way that imported goods, a feature of our global economy, reach these shores, longtime Nation editor Richard Pollak decided to investigate that behemoth of the modern ocean: the container cargo ship. Flying from his home in New York to Hong Kong to join the P&O Nedlloyd vessel Colombo Bay on its westbound trip, he finds himself in a very different world. The date is Sept. 11, 2001, and the attacks on the twin towers and the Pentagon have occurred while he is en route.
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