Supply Chain Fellows, Thai Students Visit Port of Baltimore
Thai students and students in the
Supply Chain Fellows program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business took
a trip to Baltimore to learn about the city’s shipping port and compare it to
other ports in the country and the world. The group took a bus tour of the
Port of Baltimore on
Oct. 22, 2010, getting a first-hand look at how a busy East Coast port works.
The tour was lead by Brian Miller, manager of Maryland International
Terminals for the Maryland Port Administration, and was sponsored by Smith’s
Center for International Business Education and Research
the Thai Study Program – which is sponsored by the Thai Embassy.
The 305-year-old port is made up of two main terminals – the Seagirt Marine Terminal
and the Dundalk Marine Terminal – and spans across more than 850 acres of land.
Students learned about the many intertwined parts of supply chains visible at the
port. According to Miller, all types of transportation come through the port: trains,
boats, trucks – everything except airplanes.
“Baltimore enjoys some of the most efficient container movement in the United
States,” Miller explained to the students on the tour as they drove past the large
cranes and thousands of import, export and empty containers.
They also learned about the safety and security measures taken at the port, such
as employees wearing bright yellow and hard hats when walking around the containers:
“It’s a very industrial environment and injuries that do happen are not minor,”
Miller said. “Because of the nature of the work, we make safety a top priority at
Karen Watts, associate director of the center, said “the Thai students were fascinated
by the similarities between the Port of Baltimore and ports in Thailand, as well
as by the differences – particularly with regard to security. They were really struck
by the security measures taken in the Port of Baltimore, which seemed rather extreme
– such as the prohibition against taking any pictures of the facilities and the
The Supply Chain Fellows program at the Smith School is funded by a grant from
the Intermodal Association of North America, which makes
it possible to take the fellows to the Port of Baltimore as well as to the Port
of Los Angeles and an annual supply chain conference. About 25 upperclassmen participate
in the program.
Jessica Bauer, Writer and Editor, Office of Marketing Communications