The Port of Baltimore had a very good year in 2012, during which it broke several cargo records and handled more autos and farm and construction machinery than any other U.S. port ("Port of Baltimore led the nation in two cargo categories in 2012, officials say," Feb. 28).
I believe it is important to recognize the efforts of some of our key partners who played major roles in helping us achieve those successes.
Among those partners are the Baltimore and Philadelphia districts of the Army Corps of Engineers, who keep the channels leading to the port properly dredged and maintained for the safe passage of massive cargo and cruise vessels 24 hours a day all year round.
Thanks also to Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Customs and Border Protection, and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who are on call around the clock to keep arriving ships and our public marine terminals safe and secure.
The trucking industry made sure merchandise left the port for delivery to stores in a timely fashion, and the port's highly skilled, efficient and dedicated labor force gave cargo their cargo handling the white glove treatment every day in all kinds of weather.
Without the efforts of this team, the Port of Baltimore would not be the busy and successful seaport it is today. More importantly, it would not be the economic engine supporting more than 14,000 jobs in Maryland. My thanks to all for a job well done.
James J. White, Baltimore
The writer is executive director of the Maryland Port Administration.