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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Starting in September, Mazdas will be zooming through the port of Baltimore under a five-year deal announced Tuesday. The Japanese automaker will start shipping 65,000 new vehicles a year to the port, creating an estimated 160 new jobs, the Maryland Port Administration announced. It's new business the port of Baltimore, already the nation's top auto port, won from its East Coast rival Port Newark in New Jersey. The five-year contract is between Mazda North American Operations and Amports, the private auto processor which owns the port's Chesapeake Auto Terminal in Fairfield, port officials said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
A strike by hundreds of longshoremen who work the port of Baltimore's docks idled one of the region's big economic engines. Launched early Wednesday morning, the strike shut down all of the port's public marine terminals, and its effects rippled out from the docks where ship crews waited for their vessels to be unloaded, to the truckers who haul cargo and cars from the port, to the warehouses that unload consumer goods. It started after members of the International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 voted Tuesday night to reject a local contract with the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, which represent the port's employers of longshoremen.
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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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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....
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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January 31, 2014
It seems strange to celebrate the return of a ship that hasn't left yet, but that's what the recent announcement that the Carnival Pride will be sailing out of Baltimore beginning in March of 2015 amounts to. Last summer, Carnival Cruise Lines announced the ship would begin sailing out of Tampa, Florida beginning this November, and now, like a reliable snow bird, it's planning a return to Northern climes after just a few months in the Sunshine state....
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Shippers already have begun diverting cargo from the port of Baltimore because of uncertainty about the ongoing labor contract standoff with the largest dockworkers union. The port is losing shipments despite assurances from labor and management officials that there won't be another strike or a lockout when a 90-day cooling-off period expires Friday. But there was no sign of a deal late Thursday, with labor representatives pushing for negotiations to continue and management saying their final offer is already on the table.
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