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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
The Maryland Port Administration received a federal award Wednesday for its success increasing exports out of the port of Baltimore's public terminals in recent years. The President's "E Star" Award, given at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce, honors "exporting excellence" by businesses or other agencies. In the past four years, exports have increased nearly 23 percent at the port of Baltimore's public terminals, which the port administration oversees. "This has helped the Port maintain its position as one of Maryland's leading economic engines for thousands of good-paying, family-supporting jobs for more Maryland workers," said Gov. Martin O'Malley in a statement on the award.
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September 21, 2014
Larry Hogan held a fundraiser recently featuring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and there are a few things Marylanders should consider before they jump on his bandwagon ( "New Jersey Gov. Christie comes to Maryland for Hogan," Sept. 17). What Mr. Christie didn't talk about was how New Jersey just had its bond rating reduced from AA- to A+ because of its $2.4 billion budget deficit - while Maryland continues to maintain a AAA rating. He claimed the economic climate in Maryland is terrible, but he doesn't mention all the successful companies that either call Maryland home or have significant operations here employing hundreds of thousands of people.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Donald A. Krach, former general counsel for the Maryland Port Administration who was an advocate and goodwill ambassador for the port of Baltimore, died May 4 of complications from pancreatic cancer at his Timonium home. He was 80. "Don was a real cheerleader for our port, and he really worked hard with our clients to put more business through here," said James J. White, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration. "He had such a big personality. " "Don was one of those attorneys who came up through the state system, and he was absolutely enthusiastic about the port.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A new five-year deal between the port of Baltimore and high-end automaker BMW will keep bringing an estimated $2.5 billion worth of vehicles through what is already the top auto import operation in the nation. Officials announced the extended partnership - and a large new BMW processing center at one of the port's terminals - at a waterfront gathering Thursday, saying the new facility will bolster Baltimore's dominance in the market, create 200 jobs and set the course for growth.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2012
Theodore K. "TK" Sanderson Jr., a retired Maryland Port Administration operations specialist who was also an avid outdoorsman, died Oct. 24 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at his White Marsh home overlooking the Bird River. He was 77. "Ted was well-respected in our organization because he was extremely knowledgeable with our operating and engineering groups," said James J. White, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration. "When putting projects together, he'd look at them and make sure that they would work, and he was the guy who merged these two groups in order to make them work," said Mr. White.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 9, 2010
Louis J. "Lou" LoBianco, who was a well-known port figure and a highly acclaimed expert in the application of roll-on/roll-off cargo technology to the Port of Baltimore, died Dec. 1 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The former longtime Towson residence — who had lived in Mays Chapel since last year — was 68. "Lou was one of the main reasons why the Port of Baltimore is known today as the top roll-on/roll-off [ro/ro] port in the U.S.," said James J. White, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration.
BUSINESS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Just after sunrise, a caravan of nearly 1,000 new cars begins streaming down the ramp of a massive cargo ship, a procession that won't end until evening. Mercedes-Benz and BMW models go one way. Land Rovers and other models go another. Some days, the routine at the port of Baltimore runs in reverse, with thousands of U.S.-made cars being loaded for overseas destinations. All that traffic means 2011 will turn out to have been a record year for the port of Baltimore's public auto terminals.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
The Army Corps of Engineers expects to lift navigational restrictions on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal this week after emergency dredging removed shoaling that emerged in November. At 14 miles long and 450 feet wide, the canal is a major artery for the port of Baltimore, carrying more than 40 percent of the port's shipping traffic: roll-on, roll-off cargo, cars, fuel and coal. So when an approach to the canal becomes clogged with muck that threatens to imperil as many as 50 ships that regularly make deliveries to Baltimore — as happened to the access from the Chesapeake Bay — the folks who maintain the canal will make the earth move to restore circulation.
NEWS
June 2, 2010
I write to convey Ports America Chesapeake's steadfast objection to the Baltimore City Council's request to increase the fees charged for oversize and overweight trucks associated with freight travel to and from the Port of Baltimore. Ports America and its predecessor companies have operated in Baltimore for 89 years. We are committed to making investments that will strengthen the Port of Baltimore for the future. Ports America objects to the proposed fee increase because it puts the Port of Baltimore at a competitive disadvantage, and it will negatively impact the master lease and concession agreement between Ports America and the Maryland Port Administration.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
A Jessup-based third party logistics company focused on forest products plans to move to a bigger facility near the Port of Baltimore in October, brokers for the deal said Tuesday. B & E Storage Inc., which started in Columbia in 1985, has increased its ties to the international import-export business, and proximity to the port will allow it to save on fuel, tolls and other costs, said President Greg Williams. The move to the 294,000-square-foot space in Point Breeze Business Center in Baltimore will also allow the 40-employee firm to expand its capacity and hire additional people, he said.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
State officials have abandoned plans for a rail cargo facility in an economically depressed corner of West Baltimore, amid vocal opposition from residents and diminishing political will. With the state withdrawing more than $30 million in funding, the CSX Transportation facility envisioned for the city's Morrell Park neighborhood will not be built, Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith said Thursday. CSX and the port of Baltimore had been counting on using the facility to help move additional cargo.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
A Jessup-based third party logistics company focused on forest products plans to move to a bigger facility near the Port of Baltimore in October, brokers for the deal said Tuesday. B & E Storage Inc., which started in Columbia in 1985, has increased its ties to the international import-export business, and proximity to the port will allow it to save on fuel, tolls and other costs, said President Greg Williams. The move to the 294,000-square-foot space in Point Breeze Business Center in Baltimore will also allow the 40-employee firm to expand its capacity and hire additional people, he said.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
The Maryland Port Administration received a federal award Wednesday for its success increasing exports out of the port of Baltimore's public terminals in recent years. The President's "E Star" Award, given at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce, honors "exporting excellence" by businesses or other agencies. In the past four years, exports have increased nearly 23 percent at the port of Baltimore's public terminals, which the port administration oversees. "This has helped the Port maintain its position as one of Maryland's leading economic engines for thousands of good-paying, family-supporting jobs for more Maryland workers," said Gov. Martin O'Malley in a statement on the award.
BUSINESS
The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Maryland Port Administration a $750,000 grant to extend the port of Baltimore's program to replace older, more polluting trucks with new ones, the port announced Monday. Through the Dray Truck Replacement Program, the owners and operators of the diesel trucks that haul cargo in and out of the port can purchase newer, cleaner trucks that meet or exceed EPA emission standards. Since the program began in 2012, 82 older trucks have been replaced with cleaner models.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
David A. Wagner, former deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation who later headed the Maryland Port Administration, died April 7 of cancer at his home in Mandeville, La. The longtime Pasadena resident was 71. "Dave was a good administrator, and he was a detail guy. He was well liked by his employees and those who worked with him," said Helen Delich Bentley, the former congresswoman and chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission....
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
The port of Baltimore handled more automobiles, cargo containers and wood pulp in 2013 than ever before, a record-setting performance despite continuing labor unrest on its public docks. Solidifying its place as the nation's No. 1 port for automobile imports and exports, the Maryland Port Administration said Tuesday that it handled 749,100 cars and trucks in 2013, up from 652,000 in 2012. The increase was due in part to newly inked contracts with auto manufacturers, including a five-year deal with Mazda announced in August.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2012
Port of Baltimore passenger cruise traffic rose nearly 20 percent in 2011, the fourth consecutive year of customer increases, the Maryland Port Administration announced Monday in a news release. More than a quarter million people sailed on 105 cruises, good for fifth place on the East Coast and 12th place nationwide. Port officials say about 220 jobs are tied to the cruise industry and estimate the value of cruising to the state economy at $90 million. The port has 100 cruises scheduled this year.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice has identified and begun targeting a broad conspiracy to fix prices on automobile shipments in and out of Baltimore and other U.S. ports, with a Chilean company recently pleading guilty to violating federal antitrust laws in the scheme. Justice officials reached a felony plea agreement with Valparaiso, Chile-based Compania Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV), according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They called it the first charge to land in a continuing antitrust investigation into companies colluding to push up shipping prices.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
The port of Baltimore's continuing labor dispute, which boiled over in a three-day dockworkers strike in October before a three-month "cooling-off" period, now simmers with uncertainty. Labor peace in the port seems precarious. A contract covering the handling of vehicles and other local matters has expired, and workers voted down a new contract. The union says it won't strike and management says it won't lock out the dockworkers. The only certainty is that the port has lost work, and some of it might never return, port officials said.
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