VOLUME 8, NUMBER 3 SPRING 2009 In This Issue: Farewell, Old Friend Farewell, Old Friend ................ 1 Editorial.................................... 2 The motor tanker Duff was retired from the Vane ﬂeet in March 2009 after 38 years of active Human Resources Deck .......... 2 service. Built in 1971 by Luther Blount at Blount Shipyard in Warren, Rhode Island, she was Marketing Matters ................... 3 the ﬁrst motor tanker commissioned by Vane. Named for Company President C. Duff Hughes, she took 11 months to construct. Her purchase price was, for that time period, a staggering Safety Bitts .............................. 4 $80,000. The transaction marked the ﬁrst time in decades that Vane had approached a bank for Carry the Flag .......................... 5 a loan. In Memoriam............................ 6 On September 9, 1971 An Economic Outlook.............. 6 Hughes, just 13 at the time, chris- Connections from tened his namesake, and accompa- the IT Department.................... 7 nied by his father, Vane President A Weight Loss Success Story.. 8 Charles F. Hughes, Jr., he shipped New Faces............................... 9 out as a galley boy on the Duff ’s maiden voyage. He recalls that the A View from City Dock........... 10 trip was arduous, compounded by Notes from the Shipyard........ 11 a rough storm and heavy seas, but Pig Rescued from City Dock . 12 the vessel and crew arrived safely in Report from Marine Safety .... 12 Baltimore two and a half days later. Bells and Whistles ................. 13 The Foundation of a Fleet The Duff settled in alongside The motor tanker Duff pulls away from Fleet Headquarters in Fairﬁeld for the last time. the motor tanker Vane Bros. as the second vessel in the Vane ﬂeet. She went into contracted service for Exxon, Mobil, and Texaco, delivering marine diesel to ships in the Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay. She also serviced dredges, shipyards, ﬂoating dry-docks, and naval vessels. Senior Port Captain Russi Makujina recalls, “The Duff was a workhorse in the Baltimore Harbor. Her versatile loading and pumping arrangement made it capable of fueling and defueling a variety of vessels. She earned a reputa- tion for reliable and on-time deliveries.” In 1979, as Vane’s light oil fueling operations continued to expand, Company President Charles F. Hughes, Jr. ordered construction of a third motor tanker, named the Anne, for Duff ’s sister, Anne Hughes DeCamps. The late 1970s and early 1980s were busy times for Vane’s harbor tankers. An Arab oil embargo caused port congestion as large colliers sat at anchorage awaiting coal berths. Public works projects, especially the construction of the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Hart-Miller Island, also increased business. Chief Operating Ofﬁcer Thomas G. Gaither, who joined Vane in 1983, worked aboard the Duff for two years. He says, “Back then (See FAREWELL, OLD FRIEND on Page 4) 1 the pipeline 1 Thomas G. Gaither those employees who have been with Vane for at least 10 years Chief Operating Ofﬁcer will receive such a ring commemorating those years of loyalty The Vane Brothers Companies and service. As beﬁtting a family organization where people come and stay, there are 126 recipients this year. Of these, 116 people have been here for between 10 and 19 years, seven Editorial folks have a total of between 20 and 30 years, while three have over 30 years. The Year of the Ring Congratulations! It is a testament to the quality of our This year a new tradition will be inaugurated here at Vane. people and our organization that a full 20% of our company A very special ring will be awarded to those who have been has been here for over 10 years. As we move forward, in 2010 members of the Vane family for over 10 years to honor their we will add 23 new rings. In 2011, there will be another 19, service and loyalty. and in 2012 there will be an additional 14. Why a Ring? For those of you who are just starting out in our company, this new tradition created at an organization already steeped Throughout history the presentation and wearing of a ring in history conveys a clear message. There is a reason why so has been the traditional way of marking signiﬁcant milestones many of our people have made Vane their professional home in the course of people’s lives. There are many examples. The and family. As you build your careers here and add years completion of an educational experience is often marked by toward your own ring you will be sharing a long-held belief in the wearing of a school ring. The presentation of engagement service and commitment. These are qualities for which our and wedding rings mark the vow of marriage and the estab- new service ring will soon become a lasting symbol. lishment of the family. Not only have rings been used to mark special occasions or achievements, they have also been used his- torically to mark membership in associations, organizations, and families as symbols of commitment and belonging. For example, in many parts of Europe, a ring bearing a family crest is often worn to identify one with their family of origin. In terms of marking membership, there is a Mason’s ring, and as for achievement, think of a Super Bowl ring. Muriel M. Madden Company President C. Duff Hughes wants to honor the Human Resources Manager loyalty of employees who have been with Vane Brothers for a The Vane Brothers Companies signiﬁcant portion of their working lives. Of the many ideas that were put forward for such a service award, a ring quickly became the leading contender, given its symbolic uses through- out history. But what sort of ring? As you can imagine, there From the Human Resources Deck were as many ideas as there were people making suggestions. Wellness Programs Continue at Vane Brothers Marking Membership in the Vane Family Then, as chance would have it, during Vane’s annual Last year we enjoyed a huge turnout for our ﬁrst annual insurance meetings in London, Duff noticed several men health and wellness fairs. This year we are hoping to build on wearing rings bearing their family crest. Most of us are unfa- that success by continuing our ﬁve-year plan to help employees miliar with this traditional practice here in the United States, become more aware of their personal wellbeing. The ﬁrst three where the custom of family crests has all but disappeared. Yet years of the program are focused on becoming more in-tune these rings were stately pieces that carried a message of mem- with our bodies and learning how good personal choices can bership and accomplishment. The concept was a perfect ﬁt positively impact our health. In the remaining two years, we -- a ring bearing the Vane family crest should be our service hope to place more quantiﬁable measurements around this award. Such a ring would be something the recipient could awareness campaign. wear with pride, marking their membership in the Vane Upcoming Health Fairs family and a proud tradition spanning over 100 years of service to the maritime industry. Our 2009 events have been scheduled on: The research project that uncovered the Vane family crest, together with the design process of the ring are stories unto • May 20th and June 3rd at City Dock in Philadelphia themselves, and the ﬁnal result is indeed something we can • May 28th in Baltimore all be proud of. And, speaking of pride, during 2009 all • June 10th in Norfolk 2 the pipeline Attendees will have opportunities to get blood pressure Donald E. Glenn, Manager readings, body mass indexes, glucose readings, massages, and Marketing Department general information about health/wellness beneﬁts. We will Vane Line Bunkering, Inc. also have many giveaways and a free rafﬂe at the end of each fair. You Asked, We Listened Cholesterol readings are one of the services requested in last Marketing Matters year’s follow-up surveys. We will have this beneﬁt available in Philadelphia thanks to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Please keep Vane and the Ports We Serve – in mind, if you wish to have a cholesterol reading, you Growing Together should fast before having blood drawn for the best results. In our three-part series on the ports we serve, we have Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered come home to Baltimore, the port of our origin. This is with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer free prostate exams, where it all began more than 110 years ago when the original including prostate speciﬁc antigen (PSA) blood level screen- Vane Brothers opened the doors of their ship chandlery in the ings. Fells Point section of the city in 1898. The Port of Baltimore Fox Chase Cancer Center has graciously agreed to host two itself dates back to 1706 when the Maryland Colonial quick 20-minute presentations outside of the scheduled events General Assembly created it by decree at what is now Locust -- one on June 17th focusing on prostate cancer and one on Point. Originally created to serve the tobacco trade, the port July 15th about skin cancer. Each discussion will include a grew quickly during the 18th century as a granary for the continental breakfast for participants. Please sign up for these sugar producing colonies in the Caribbean. In fact, that tra- sessions during the health fairs. dition still continues today at the Domino sugar plant just across from Fells Point. After playing key roles during the Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Revolution and the War of 1812, the port grew quickly as a Vane’s goal is to continue promoting healthy lifestyles. hub for manufacturing and shipping. Your suggestions and feedback are always appreciated. I look forward to seeing everyone around here for a very long time -- When the Vane Brothers established their business ser- so hop on the wellness bandwagon and join me at one of the vicing the booming shipping trade, the timing could not upcoming health fairs. have been better. The chandlery grew quickly, necessitat- ing a move into larger quarters in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The company also began to diversify with the acquisition of a shipyard in Federal Hill. During this period the Merchant Marine was still largely under sail, and Vane snapped up the opportunity to acquire their ﬁrst commercial sailing schoon- er, expanding into the business that would deﬁne their future. HR names, numbers Soon Vane owned and operated a ﬂeet of trading schooners and ofﬁce hours that worked the Chesapeake Bay, coastal, and Caribbean trades. You may reach the HR Department from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday Serving Baltimore for Another Century Questions: Meanwhile the Port of Baltimore continued to grow. This Muriel Madden, ext. 146, 6:30 am – 3:30 pm was primarily due to its advantageous geographical location that put it closer to the Midwest than any other U.S. port (the Records: port is within an overnight drive to one-third of the nation’s Meghan Jenkins, ext. 133, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm population). As Vane continued to diversify into marine Beneﬁts: transportation, the company was well positioned to share in Judy Robbins, ext. 134, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm the port’s growth. The days of sail gave way to motorized vessels, and Vane capitalized on the transition by building Beth Gibbons, ext. 132, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm tank vessels to deliver bunker fuels to shipping trafﬁc. Vane’s Payroll: evolution into a major player in the business of the marine Rhonda Shaffer, ext. 136, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm transportation of petroleum products began. This side of the business soon dwarfed the chandlery operation, which even- tually was sold so that Vane could concentrate on what was rapidly becoming her core business. (See MARKETING MATTERS on Page 5) the pipeline 3 (FAREWELL, OLD FRIEND from Page 1) Robert R. Roosevelt Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager the whole company was the Anne and the Duff. Those boats The Vane Brothers Companies ran all day, every day.” In later years the Duff came under the command of George Schwallenburg, Henry Mitchum, and Paul Thomas. Safety Bitts Vane Takes New EPA Regulation in Stride As I mentioned in my last column, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced a new program for the monitoring and reporting of vessel discharges, entitled the Vessel General Permit (VGP). When the requirements were handed down in late 2008, Vane’s HSE Department immediately formu- lated a game plan to meet the February 2009 regulation deadline. Rising to the Challenge The HSE team studied the new regulation, determined how it inﬂuenced the Vane ﬂeet, and wrote in-house guidelines to With the crack of a bottle, thirteen-year-old C. Duff Hughes christens his namesake, the ensure compliance. Crews of affected tugs and barges were motor tanker Duff, on September 9, 1971. provided with manuals and hands-on training on how to bring vessels into compliance. Under OPA 90, Vessel Construction Begins Although the ruling covers some 26 known discharges Under the mandate of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA common to larger commercial vessels and is intended to reduce 90), the phasing-out of single skin tank vessels had been incidental discharges, Vane’s focus was on the towing vessels imposed by 2015. Thus, by 1995 the Duff was conﬁned to and tank barges in our ﬂeet. Currently only those vessels that servicing exclusively tugs and barges and Vane established its are less than 79 feet are exempt under a two-year moratorium, vessel construction program under the leadership of C. Duff which is a very small percentage of our ﬂeet. Hughes, who by then had been named company president. Receptive Crews Make Implementation Easy Today, Vane’s newbuild tank barges can carry 6,090,000 The vessel crews were receptive to taking on the chal- gallons (140,000 barrels) of product, compared to the Duff ’s lenge of performing the required weekly inspections, looking 42,000 gallon (1,000 barrel) capacity. The importance, for all sources of incidental discharges common to the towing however, of the Duff to the company’s modern ﬂeet cannot industry, and working towards reducing them in an effort to be overlooked. As Gaither points out, “ The Duff built help support the EPA program. Our ﬂeet employees can appre- Vane Line Fuel, which built Vane Line Bunkering. Without ciate the end result of keeping the waters in which they earn the early boats, Vane as we know it today would not exist.” their living clean for themselves and future generations. Captain Makujina echoes those same sentiments when he Vane recently hosted the EPA along with their contractor, says, “she was indeed the forerunner of Vane’s ﬂeet and she ERG, to board some of the smaller tugs to perform sampling will be sadly missed.” and interview the crews in an effort to help the EPA determine the best course of action with future regulations governing Gone, But Not Forgotten smaller commercial vessels. Duff Hughes recalls the day that the Duff pulled away Thanks to the entire Vane tug and barge ﬂeet for their partic- from her berth at Fleet Headquarters in Baltimore. “It was a ipation and willingness to help get this new program in place. very personal and sad day for me as she made her way down river to the Key Bridge. When I worked aboard her, she taught me a great deal about the maritime industry. I will always be indebted to that little tanker.” Together Again The Duff has been sold to Maine Coastal Petroleum of Tenants Harbor, Maine. In 2004 Maine Coastal purchased Vane’s motor tanker Anne. The company has offered to allow both tankers to retain their original names. It seems a most Scientists from the EPA test discharge samples taken aboard the Alexander Duff. Vane appropriate end to the Duff ’s tenure at Vane as she joins her is voluntarily participating in a new government program aimed at reducing discharges in smaller commercial vessels. “sister” boat in plying New England’s waters. 4 the pipeline Edward A. Adams Jr. & Earl W. Smith, New Vessel Outﬁtting Update Marine Buyers Vessels to be outﬁtted in 2009 are the Anacostia, Severn, Vane Line Bunkering, Inc. Elk River, and Hull 94, along with 2 new 50,000 bbl barges, DS-504 and DS-506. Carry the Flag New Philadelphia Warehouse Personnel (MARKETING MATTERS from Page 3) Please join us in welcoming aboard new members of From her historical base in Baltimore, Vane began to the Purchasing Department in Philadelphia. George expand into the larger neighboring ports of Norfolk and P. Dougherty and Kevin Colbridge have been named Philadelphia. As those operations expanded, however, the Warehouse/Inventory Coordinators. Congratulations to Port of Baltimore remained an important hub in Vane’s Oscar Stevenson III, promoted to Warehouse/Inventory marine related business. Our guess is that the port will Manager. With this new team in place, many improvements remain signiﬁcant. She is one of only two East Coast ports have been made to City Dock’s warehouse to make it a fully where the main shipping channel reaches a depth of 50 feet. functioning space that we can be proud of. Five public and twelve private terminals handle the port’s trafﬁc, and there is signiﬁcant trafﬁc to handle as the port Spring Paint Season serves over 50 ocean carriers making nearly 1,800 annual Paint season is here! Captains, before submitting your paint visits. This is the trafﬁc that supports Vane’s ship bunker- request, inventory the paint stored on your vessel. Identify and ing, lube oil delivery, and marine safety businesses. In addi- plan to use it before ordering any additional supplies. Please tion, Vane’s larger barges serve as the key transportation links note that we are using International Paint and submitting for the port’s busy petroleum terminals and electric genera- orders based on each vessel’s request. All paint ordered needs tion facilities. to be used. No paint can be returned. Remember these words: “Waste Not-Want Not.” Order only the supplies you are For the past 110 years Vane has called Baltimore her going to use this season. “home port,” and you can rest assured that we will be operat- ing here in support of the Port of Baltimore for the next 100 Supply Requests years and beyond. Supply Requests should be submitted once a month via VLB Orders. If you are experiencing problems in submit- Vane AT/B Lighters ting your request, please contact VLB Support at Ext. 119 for help. You may submit your request via e-mail sent to Greek Tanker “Supply Requests.” All in Purchasing will receive your email. The Authentic, an impressive 140,000 deadweight ton Remember: The better information you supply us, the sooner (DWT) tanker, was recently anchored at Marcus Hook you will receive your supplies. As always, please include the in the Delaware River. Sailing under the Greek ﬂag, the name of the person placing the order and vessel. tanker traveled from West Africa and needed lighter- ing in order to safely navigate to nearby Sunoco reﬁner- Publications ies. Vane’s AT/B, the tug Brandywine and barge DS-141, In December, new logbooks were sent to our Port Captains answered the call and lightered 132,000 barrels of crude and issued to all vessels for the coming year. In addition, all oil that were transported to Sunoco’s facilities. tugs were sent the new 2009 Tides & Currents Tables. Vane’s tugs are on Standing Order Service (SOS) for all required charts and pubs. The Light Lists and Coast Pilots will be sent as soon as they are published and available for distribution. Please let us know of any corrections to be made. Current Editions New Edition ETA Coast Pilot 1 38th ed. 2008 2009 ed. ETA April 2009 (any day now) Coast Pilot 2 38th ed. 2009 2010 ed. ETA Oct. 2009 Coast Pilot 3 42nd ed. 2009 2010 ed. ETA Jan./Feb. 2010 Vane’s AT/B, the tug Brandywine and barge DS-141, is seen here lightering the Coast Pilot 4 30th ed. 2008 2009 ed. ETA Sept./Oct. 2009 Greek tanker, Authentic. the pipeline 5 An Economic Outlook In Memoriam By Lawrence W. Signorelli, Chief Financial Ofﬁcer, The Vane Brothers Companies It is with sadness that we report the death of Charles Harold Meredith, father of Sassafras Captain Charles Times are tough! Yes, as a ﬁnance and accounting profession- al, I have been accused of overstating the obvious. But, I would A. Meredith, on January 18, 2009. like to take this time to provide a quick update on how we are Our most sincere condolences go to Wicomico dealing with the current economic crisis and to offer you, our Deckhand Ronald K. Collier. His mother, Patricia H. employees, some possible assistance with your personal ﬁnances. Mottley, passed away on January 22, 2009. The energy industry, and speciﬁcally the petroleum sub- We have learned that Compliance Manager Timothy industry, has experienced year-long plus declines. The record J. Sell lost his mother, Rosemary Theresa Sell, on high energy prices during the ﬁrst half of last year was the March 2, 2009. We send condolences to the Sell family. primary driver in the decline during that period. The economy was the primary driver during the second half of the year with We regret to report the death of City Dock Welder/ resulting demand destruction substantially outweighing the Fabricator Daniel E. Jones on March 5, 2009. Daniel beneﬁt of the rapid and substantial price declines. had worked in Vane’s Maintenance shops since March In summary, U.S. Crude Oil Inputs into Reﬁneries declined 12, 2002. We send our deepest condolences to the by 4.0% during 2008 and by an accelerating 6.5% during Jones family during this difﬁcult time. He will be sadly the September 2008 through January 2009 period. The U.S. missed by his many friends at Vane. Crude Oil and Petroleum Products – Product Supplied declined by 5.5% during 2008 and by an accelerating 7.3% during the We offer our deepest sympathies to Endeavor September 2008 through January 2009 period. Deckhand Steven M. Meck, who lost his grandmother, Theresa Staley, on March 10, 2009. Finally, the signiﬁcant decrease in imports and exports result- ing from the continuing recession has directly translated into a Please join us in extending heartfelt condolences to decrease in our spot bunkering business, the very business for Wicomico Captain Gary Creighton, whose brother, which Vane Line Bunkering is named. Ralph E. Creighton, passed away on March 20, 2009. Where Vane Stands On March 24, 2009, DS-306 Tankerman Bryan V. Darling lost his mother, Susan B. Erickson. We extend Yes, we are seeing a contraction in our business. But to date, our sympathies to the family. it is not the twenty, thirty, and even ﬁfty percent contractions that we are all reading or hearing about from the various media It is with profound sadness that we pass along word of outlets. That acknowledged, we are keeping a very close eye the sudden death of United States Marine Corps Lance on our near- and mid-term prospects. As Duff Hughes told Corporal Andrew J. Quasnitschka on April 1, 2009 us in his annual letter to employees in December, we reviewed in Texas. Andrew was the nephew of AB Deckhand our outlook for 2009 even more thoroughly than we normally Brian E. Grinnell, and had served in Iraq as a machine do. And we have taken certain steps to help ensure that we can gunner. Our thoughts are with the Quasnitschka family. weather a further deterioration in our business if the recession is even deeper than, or lasts longer than, is currently expected. Our sympathies go to the family of G&E No. 4 Mate Those steps include: Trainee Jeffrey A. Nickerson. His father, Robert J. Suspension of discretionary travel, training, dues, Nickerson, passed away on April 6, 2009. subscriptions, and other expenses We are sad to pass along word of the death of Sylvia Rationalization of marketing initiatives Carey on April 16, 2009. She was the mother of Roanoke Captain Kenneth J. Carey and grandmother of Stricter credit monitoring and more timely collection efforts Roanoke OS Deckhand Brandon S. Ziara. Focus on preventative maintenance Our heartfelt condolences go to DS-55 Captain Acceleration of the new purchasing system Hubert D. Ambrose Jr. and Wicomico Licensed Engineer Jesse T. Ambrose, who lost their uncle, Marvin Hunter, on April 20, 2009. 6 the pipeline Banking Relationships Your Best Defense Our growth and successes have been ﬁnanced by a team Just about all hard drives will eventually fail. It's just a of ten national and international banks. We truly treat these matter of when and how bad. Your best defense against this is banks as partners. We have and will continue to meet regu- routine data backups. Here are three backup strategies you can larly with our bank partners, reviewing our history, sharing start using today. our outlook, including the challenges and opportunities, and 1. If your storage needs aren’t big, burning your important working to meet those challenges and capture the opportuni- data to DVD recordable disks is a cheap and easy solution. ties. Our associations with these partners have been win–win Just burn your important data (music, pictures, etc.) every relationships. month, then label the disk and store it in a safe place. And we would like to share the relationships with our 2. Eventually your storage needs may outgrow the available employees. We have arranged for several of our valued bank space on one recordable DVD. When this occurs you will partners with a presence in our employees’ geographical foot- have to use multiple disks, and backups can become cum- print to provide special offerings including: bersome. An external USB hard drive might be an easier • checking and savings accounts option for you. External USB hard drives have become a • CDs and IRAs very cost-effective backup solution. Simply attach the hard • mortgages and home equity loans drive to your computer’s USB port, and copy your impor- • credit cards and other banking products tant ﬁles over to the drive. Many manufacturers even include software that can backup your data with just a We will be mailing to your homes in the very near future simple button click. When you’re not using the drive you more information including brochures from the participat- can disconnect it and store it in a secured location. ing banks detailing their offers. These brochures will contain special contacts and/or group IDs in order for you to access the 3. If you don’t want the worry, and don’t mind recurring offerings. This is a voluntary beneﬁt for you. If you are happy costs, an online backup solution might be for you. There with your current banking relationships you absolutely should are a number of services that can use your high-speed continue those relationships. If you are using one of the partic- Internet connection to transparently backup your data to ipating banks, perhaps this can help you get a better deal. their secured site. Using the supplied software you can schedule backups, retrieve lost ﬁles, etc. Two popular ser- We are not endorsing any one bank over any other bank. vices are SOS Online and Carbonite Backup. You can They are all valued partners of The Vane Brothers Companies. also search Google for “online backup solutions” to obtain And as always, please feel free to contact me with any ques- more information. tions, comments, issues, and/or other ideas. One employee contacted us about possibly expanding our 401(k) offerings to No matter what solution you pick, it’s better than doing include funds in the Crude Oil and Precious Metals Sectors. nothing. Just don’t forget to perform your backups at regular We will be discussing this when we meet with Fidelity later this intervals! spring. Brian M. Bernacki Director of Information Technology The Vane Brothers Companies Calendar Contest Reminder Attention photographers! The deadline for Connections from entries in the annual Photo Calendar Contest is the IT Department July 31, 2009. We have already received many awe-inspiring images for the 2010 calendar, but we Security in a Digital Age - Part 3 need more. Keep your cameras out and focused. This article is the last installment in a multi-part series on You never know when an interesting shot may present itself. Send your horizontal, high-resolu- secure computing. My previous columns focused on protec- tion images to Katie Duncan, The Vane Brothers tion from the “evil” hacker, but what about normal hardware Company, 2100 Frankfurst Ave., Baltimore, MD failures? Think of all the digital media you store -- music, pic- 21226 or email@example.com. tures, and other important ﬁles. Do you have a backup strat- egy for your home computer? If you're like most people, you probably do not. the pipeline 7 Edward A. Adams Jr. – At the gym Ed began using the treadmill, elliptical, and sta- tionary bike, eventually adding circuit weight training and cal- A Weight Loss Success Story isthenics to his workout schedule. In February 2009 Ed hit the Vane employees are doing double takes when they see Marine monumental 100-pound weight loss mark. Buyer Edward A. Adams Jr. Ed, who weighed almost 400 He normally exercises ﬁve to seven days a week and recently pounds in December 2007, has lost an astonishing 113 pounds. started working out in the early morning to allow more time He has only 30 pounds left to lose to reach his goal weight of with his daughter. His daily routine consists of walking on the 240 pounds with a 38” waist. He anticipates reaching this mile- treadmill for 30 minutes, crunches to work his abdominals, and stone by September 2009. completing two miles on the elliptical or stationary bike. He lifts weights every other day. Ed charts his progress on detailed The Turning Point daily and monthly Excel spreadsheets where he tracks his glucose Ed says he began to gain weight in March 1996 when he levels, medication intake, completed exercises, and total weight stopped smoking. He put on over 150 pounds in about 18 loss. He also maintains a blog so others can learn from his story. months and was subsequently put on ﬁve different medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, sleep Eating for Life apnea, and type 2 diabetes. Ed has completely transformed his diet. He eats six small The turning point came for Ed in late 2007 when he visited meals a day instead of three large ones. The book that has a website that calculates a person’s “real age” given their current helped make this transition easier is Eating for Life by Bill health conditions. The site set his “real age” at 56. Ed was only Phillips. His brother-in-law’s niece, Gina Bish, introduced him 41 at the time. That, coupled with the loss of several close to the diet that has increased his protein intake and helped him friends, relatives, and coworkers, gave Ed the jolt he needed to cut out white ﬂour products in favor of stone-ground, whole- start taking better care of his health. wheat substitutes. Each of Ed’s meals consists of a carbohydrate His thoughts also turned to his 13-year-old daughter, and a protein. The carbohydrate is the size of a ﬁst, while the Samantha. “I wanted to be around to see her graduate from high protein is no more than what ﬁts in the palm of a hand. school and college and eventually settle down and start a family Learning how to make smart food choices when eating out of her own. I didn’t want to miss getting to be ‘pop pop’ to my has been tough. Ed has had to learn to ask questions about the grandchildren. I realized if I continued down the same path, I food on menus. He now orders items grilled or baked, never would be the next one to leave this earth,” he says. fried. He shares that a good rule to help control portion size at a Ed considered having weight loss surgery and consulted a restaurant is to immediately ask for a to-go box when your entrée physician. After examining the after-surgery diet that advised arrives and put half of your meal in the container. patients to take smaller bites and to chew their food properly, Ed A Supportive Network decided to apply the same principles to his own eating habits. He told his doctor that he wanted to give himself three more The weight loss journey has not been easy for Ed. He admits months to see if he could lose weight naturally. that making the commitment to work out is hard. He credits A Complete Lifestyle Change By making small diet changes Ed lost 16 pounds in those ﬁrst three months, and he has not looked back. By March 2008, Ed started exercising by walking one mile around the local high school track. He admits that this was incredibly difﬁcult at ﬁrst. “Some days I would have to walk one lap and take a break before continuing, but I stuck with it,” he shares. By April he was walking almost two miles and had lost 26 pounds. In June he added bicycle riding to his regimen and his total weight loss was 38 pounds. When he went back to the doctor in July, Ed says she could not have been happier for him and urged him to see if he could start walking four miles. Ed met and surpassed his doctor’s challenge. August 2008 was his biggest weight loss month. He lost 20 pounds by walking 60 miles and biking 79 miles. In October, when the weather started getting cold, Ed made the decision to join a local gym. A team mother from his daughter’s soccer team, Sharon Ed weighed nearly 400 pounds when this Today Ed has lost an impressive 113 Rowe, introduced him to a ﬁtness center where he met people photo was taken in December 2007. pounds and is well on his way to meeting who were supportive and encouraging of his weight loss journey. his goal weight of 240 pounds. (See A WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS STORY on Page 10) 8 the pipeline Lenora C. Dukehart, Purchasing Coordinator II Michael D. Barnette, Driver/Warehouse Coordinator Elizabeth L. Black, Purchasing Coordinator New Faces, New Talent for Vane LENORA C. DUKEHART have planned a cruise to Bermuda in August. Lee deﬁnite- Purchasing Coordinator II ly likes to travel in style, and she is hard to miss in the Vane parking lot in her “torch red” Corvette. She says, “It is my Lenora C. Dukehart’s appointment to Purchasing one extravagance. I’ve wanted the car since my 20s, but it Coordinator II is a case of the right job coming along at the took me until my 50s to be able to afford one.” right time. Lenora, or Lee, as she is better known, retired in January 2007 after working almost 20 years at Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE). She says she was taking plea- MICHAEL D. BARNETTE sure in retired life until July 2008 when she became “bored” Driver/Warehouse Coordinator and started working part-time for the Lansdowne Public Library in Baltimore County. Michael D. Barnette was relaxing in retired life when his past supervisor at Baltimore Therapeutics Equipment (BTE), It was then that her former boss at BTE, Gary G. Zakens, Gary G. Zakens, called him out of the blue. Gary asked Mike approached her with an offer to work at Vane Brothers. Gary, if he would be interested in coming to work for Vane Brothers recently named Purchasing Manager, was looking to expand now that Gary himself is the newly appointed Purchasing his team and thought Lee would make the perfect ﬁt. Gary’s Manager at Fleet Headquarters in Baltimore. Bringing more hunch has proven correct, as Lee has made herself an inte- than 30 years in warehouse work to his new post, Mike says gral part of the Purchasing Team. She shares, “I really like he was thrilled at the prospect of delivering supplies aboard my job, and all the people in the department have been won- tugboats. derful as I’ve learned the various marine products.” She jokes that she enjoys the position so much that she might, “stay As for the people he works with on a daily basis, Mike here until I’m 80.” says, “They are just super people. I feel fortunate because I get to do a job I love, and I get to laugh a lot along the way.” As she remembers from her short stint in retirement, Lee An avid ﬁsherman, Mike frequently cruises some of the hates having too much downtime, so her role as Purchasing same waters as the tugs in Baltimore. Prior to his employ- Coordinator II is perfect. Some days she is hit with numer- ment, Mike was out on a friend’s boat and photographed one ous requests at once, but she says it is exciting and interesting of Vane’s tugs simply because it caught his eye. He never to sort things out and work through any issues. She is happy dreamed he would end up working for the company. to ﬁnd that she is building a rapport with several of Vane’s mariners who call the department. That image of a Vane tug is part of a much larger col- lection. Since 1997 Mike has been an amateur photogra- Born in Pennsylvania, Lee considers herself a Marylander pher. He favors capturing landscapes, but has also dabbled at heart because she has lived here since 1973. The rest of her in wedding photography. Prior to 1997 a large part of Mike’s family, including her parents and three siblings, still live in free time was spent as a live sound technician for a country Pennsylvania and Lee visits them at least once a month. Since band. Originally hailing from West Virginia, Mike moved to Lee’s husband, David, passed away in 2006, she has stayed Maryland in the 1970s. His mother and brother still live in busy by gardening, reading, and enjoying classic movies. She his home state and he plans to retire there permanently one also loves to travel. She and several members of her family day. Mike’s best four-legged friend, a Sheltie named Britney, (See NEW FACES, NEW TALENT FOR VANE on Page 10) the pipeline 9 A WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS STORY from Page 8) NEW FACES, NEW TALENT FOR VANE from Page 9) his workout partner, Jim Sweeney, with helping him stick to a is probably looking forward to that day. Mike says, “When routine. “Having a friend to work out with makes the decision I’m home, she’s attached to my hip. If I get up to leave the whether or not to get out of bed to get to the gym that much room, she comes right along with me.” Mike loves Shelties easier. Each partner pushes and supports the other on tough and has owned several over the years. days,” he says. ELIZABETH L. BLACK Ed says he has received support from many people in his life. Purchasing Coordinator His mother, Ellen Adams, his sister, Leah Adams, his brother- in-law, Jerry Bunty, and his friend, Angelina Sacratini, have all Elizabeth L. Black graduated in May 2008 from St. Mary’s helped keep him on the path to better health and well-being. College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Vane’s Purchasing Department has also encouraged Ed, and a minor in Art Studio. An unusual combination, but Liz’s some are helping themselves along the way. They see Ed as an study of economics has dovetailed nicely with her new role as impressive model and have started on their own weight loss plan. Purchasing Coordinator for Vane Brothers. On a daily basis she processes and organizes all incoming packing slips. She Positive Outcomes works closely with the Accounting Department to ensure Ed can hardly believe it when he sees how much weight he that the company does not overpay or underpay for the vast has lost. He has had to buy a complete new wardrobe. His pants number of its needed supplies. size has dropped from a 48 to a 40, and his shirt size has gone Immediately following graduation Liz made the deci- from a 5x to a 2x. The old belt Ed used to wear is so big he says sion to move to Baltimore, even without any ﬁrm job pros- he can, “practically hula hoop with it.” pects. Luckily, she signed up with Jones Networking stafﬁng The kind words he receives from others are also a huge inspir- ﬁrm and found a temporary position with Vane Brothers that ation, although he confesses that he has to practice receiving eventually led to a permanent post. Liz says, “I was extremely praise. “I went for so long without getting compliments that I happy when I was ofﬁcially given the news that I could work almost forgot what they were and how they felt,” he shares. His at Vane full-time.” energy level has improved dramatically, along with his overall health. His diabetes is under control, and he underwent surgery She was bolstered in her choice to relocate because her best to correct his sleep apnea. He still takes medication for his high friend of twelve years lives in the area, and that gave Liz an cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, but the dosages automatic roommate. The two, along with Liz’s boyfriend, have been lowered so much that he hopes to be taken off the pre- Dusty, have settled into a home in the northern Baltimore scriptions at his next checkup. neighborhood of Hampden. Living in the city where every- thing is close by is a welcome change from college life. She Ed says that it is the simple things that have made this says, “St. Mary’s is in a rural setting and I grew up in sub- journey so fulﬁlling. “When I used to go out to eat I would be urban Montgomery County. Now living in the city has embarrassed because I couldn’t ﬁt into many booths. I also had given me experience in all three areas.” The trio also has to worry about the size and strength of the chairs I would sit in. a dog, Nala, and a cat, Bomba. Nala was recently named Now I can go out without having to worry.” One of Ed’s favorite “best kisser” by the neighborhood pet store. On the week- pastimes is attending Baltimore Ravens football games. He is ends one can probably ﬁnd Liz on the road visiting friends in now able to climb the stadium steps to the upper deck without Pennsylvania and southern Maryland. taking a break. As for his original goal of wanting to be around to see his daughter grow, Ed says, “ I A View from City Dock know I’m going to be around for a long time because I made By Rick J. Iuliucci III, General Manager, Port of Philadelphia the decision to get healthy.” He wants to tell other people New Documentation Requirements for Mariners who are struggling with By now, most of us have become all too familiar with their weight to realize how what TWIC stands for. For those who have not had the plea- much they have to offer their sure of applying for and acquiring a Transportation Workers children and family. The Identiﬁcation Card, I can tell you that the towing industry has Pipeline would like to thank once again changed, and the behavior of any mariner on a U.S. Ed for being so open and Ed credits his daughter, Samantha, as ﬂagged vessel has had to adapt accordingly. Effective April 15, driving forces on willing to share his weight loss one of theThe two enjoy bikehis weight loss journey. riding as a fun 2009, any person employed aboard a U.S. vessel needs to have a journey. way to spend time together and exercise. valid TWIC, Merchant Mariners Document (MMD), and, if applicable, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued license. 10 the pipeline Without the TWIC card, the credentials issued by the USCG the information located at the National Maritime Centers are now invalid. website – http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements.asp Merchant Mariners Credential April 15 also brings along another change in documenta- tion. As of this date, the USCG will now issue the Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) to all new mariners. Existing mariners will obtain the new credential when their current Notes from the Shipyard document/ license expires. Since this document will inﬂuence Vane’s New Tug Construction Program continues to keep anyone who maintains an MMD or a USCG license, it would Port Captain James A. Demske on the go between shipyards. The be worth taking a look at exactly what this document is, what Patuxent, one of the last three tugs under contract with Thoma- it is meant to replace, and what purpose it will serve in the Sea Boat Builders in Louisiana, was delivered on February 26, future. 2009. According to Demske, “This vessel is equipped with The MMC is meant to replace four existing documents that the most advanced electronics package on any tugboat in the mariners across the U.S. currently have to carry with them. country. It is superior to anything on the market today.” As to It is envisioned that in the future, mariners will only need to the other two tugs in the unprecedented 15-tug contract, the carry the MMC and the TWIC. The MMC will have the look Anacostia was scheduled for service in April 2009, and the Severn and feel of a U.S. passport, however it is not meant to replace is on track for a summer delivery. a passport. On the inside of the document, much of the tra- ditional artwork found on licenses and MMDs will still be present. The document will have a personal data page similar to a passport and the information will be readable on scanning machines that are used to read passport data. The MMC will be invalid if not signed by the mariner. The document will also have pages for international and domestic credentials. The endorsement data will be printed in terms of capacities and limitations, much like the current Standards of Training, Certiﬁcation and Watchkeeping (STCW) Certiﬁcate. In the future, when applying for a raise in grade, the USCG will produce a label to be added to the MMC booklet. The label will be mailed with instructions on placement. Once the label is adhered to the booklet, it cannot be removed without dam- aging the document. Added Beneﬁts Here sits the pristine Elk River on the ways at Chesapeake Shipbuilding as she awaits word to launch her to service in the Vane ﬂeet. The Elk River was ofﬁcially launched on the morning Though this is again a dramatic change in mariner creden- of March 13, 2009. tialing, there are potential beneﬁts that we may come to enjoy. The stated desire of the USCG is to reduce the burden on mar- Tugs from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland, iners by limiting the number of times they need to appear in continue to progress as scheduled. On March 12th, Demske person to provide ﬁngerprints and proof of identity. Also, as I inspected the engine room on the Elk River, and she was pointed out, mariners will need to carry only two documents launched early the next morning. Demske calls it “another when going to sea, rather than three or four. Because mari- perfect text book launching by Chesapeake Shipbuilding.” At ners will already have a TWIC card, they will no longer have to this writing, the Elk River is berthed at the pier, and the shipyard appear in person at a Regional Exam Center to provide identi- personnel are busy getting her ready for outﬁtting. The keel for ﬁcation documents and ﬁngerprints. They will be able to apply the fourth tug at Chesapeake has been laid, and bulkheads are by mail after ﬁlling out an application form. being erected and installed. The Coast Guard also states that many mariners will see a reduction in user fees when applying for an MMC. For those mariners who have multiple credentials with varying expiration dates, the consolidation into a single credential will eliminate the repetition of multiple issuance fees in the long term. Mariners will have the ability to make a payment online or through the mail. For further information on the new MMC, please review the pipeline 11 Pig Rescued from City Dock Frank A. Hornig IV Marketing Manager This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed Vane Brothers Marine Safety & Services, Inc. home. This little piggy had roast beef. This little piggy had none. And this little piggy went “wee wee wee” all the way . . . to City Dock? Yes, this headline is not a joke. City Dock’s year- long visitor of the porcine variety was recently rescued, thanks Report from Marine Safety to the help of several Vane employees. USMSA Proposes Leisure Liferaft Stickering Program Numerous discussions have taken place over the past few years among United States Marine Safety Association (USMSA) board members, members, and others in the associ- ation regarding the establishment of a stickering program for leisure liferafts. This is similar to a plan currently mandated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for approved liferafts. Promote Safe Boating Practices There are several reasons why this requirement would beneﬁt leisure, non-commercial customers. • Customers would have a clear view of the next servicing date, eliminating guesswork. “Runway” the pig looks more like a runaway as he scampers off near the Vane sign at • The USMSA name and logo on the “ofﬁcial” standardized City Dock. Captain Russi Mate Erik F. Hansen was able to capture this shot just before sticker would provide customers the additional assurance of Runway disappeared into the brush. quality service and hopefully promote a keener awareness for The pig, so named “Runway” because of City Dock’s close timely servicing. proximity to the Philadelphia Airport, had made himself quite • The sticker would provide information about the liferaft at home, even going so far as to comingle with local stray cats. manufacturer and last servicing station. Manufacturers The people who fed the cats saw the pig on a regular basis would gain some control over raft servicing and could and knew that he needed a home. However, all previous calls encourage customers to use only their approved service to animal control went unanswered until Health, Safety & stations. Environmental Compliance Administrator Lorena C. Johnston got involved. She persisted until John Micklewright of the • Clear and uniform indication of service due dates would Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals promote more regular servicing and would also market the (PSPCA) sent a two-man crew to pick up Runway. manufacturers’ name and contact information. For the service stations, a link between the manufacturer, service Runway, of course, had other plans when the PSPCA showed station, and USMSA would be created. This would ensure up. It took six men, including Marine Safety Operations Manager Michael J. Ahern, DS-57 Captain Andrew J. Esham, the highest quality factory authorized service. and Schuylkill Mate Lawrence G. Strohm III to capture the A minor beneﬁt to the USMSA would be a small revenue 150-pound porker. It is likely that Johnston’s phone call saved stream, but more important is the promotion and creation Runway’s life. A later veterinary exam showed that existing in of a major inroad into the leisure boating industry. As a the wild had not been easy. He had severe shoulder damage, USMSA board member, I know Vane Brothers Marine Safety possibly caused by being hit by a car. As to how Runway ended and Services supports this initiative. Beyond the opportuni- up at City Dock, rescuers believe that he was once someone’s pet ty to service more liferafts, we hope to see more of the leisure and may have been released when he grew too big to handle. boating sector familiarize themselves with their safety equip- The PSPCA took Runway to a shelter, and shortly thereafter, ment and encourage safe boating practices. he was transferred to the Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Here workers are trying to make him more approachable by bribing him with dog biscuits. He does not Did You Know ? get too many treats, however, because Runway packed on quite Did you know that Frankfurst Avenue, home to Fleet a few pounds during his time as a stray. He has been put on a Headquarters, is named after Frank A. Furst? Thanks to strict pig diet to get his weight into a healthy range. In a happy a recent archival submission by Property Manager Francis ending for Vane’s little piggy, the Last Chance Ranch has found J. Nossell Jr., we know that Furst was an 18th century Runway a permanent home. Baltimorean who served as the head of a dredging company. 12 the pipeline Bells and Whistles on August 8, 2008 before 90 guests at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia. Capt. Russi Engineer Shaun M. Well done! Bells and Whistles would like to acknowledge Gray served as best man, and Barge Captain David Gaither several of Vane’s devoted employees marking special anniversa- was a groomsman. The happy couple honeymooned in ries this spring. Celebrating ten years are: Edward A. Adams Montego Bay, Jamaica. Each has two children from previous Jr., Gary M. Bilbrough, Mark E. Bishop, Captain Robert relationships, and the newlyweds are looking forward to life A. Buchanan, Jeffrey B. Davis, Shaun M. Gray, and Barge with their brood in Chesapeake, Virginia. Captain Bryan L. Newton. Marking ﬁve years are: Julian W. Bradshaw, Captain Vincent K. Bradshaw, Barge Captain Fred M. Cox II, Steven T. Cutler, Craig L. Darby, Charlie N. Popperwill, David L. Shaffer, and Bryan R. Williams. Employees who have recently completed one year of service include: Roland B. Bradshaw, Captain Charles C. Creekmore, Daniel J. Forrest, Elizabeth M. Gibbons, Ronald W. Gomez, Lawrence E. Gray, James R. Harnish, James D. Hiles Jr., Graeme B. Kelley, Roy H. Laird III, Thomas J. Leeper, Timothy W. Lyman, Gerald G. Mason, Wendy R. McIntosh, Justin G. Schub, Timothy J. Sell, Lamar D. Smith, Martin L. Stillufsen, Theodore White, and Captain Hank L. Wooten. Bells and Whistles welcomes a talented group of new employees. They are: Mate Anthony B. August; Mate Evaluations Charles W. Abell, Robert Hartzel, Michael Hazard, Mark A. Suggs, Birk I. Thomas; Chief Engineer DS-33 Captain Robert E. Crockett Jr. and his wife, Samuel M. Crosby; AB Tankermen Derek W. Robinson, Lindsay, are elated to announce the adoption of their grand- Norman L. Smith; Tankermen Evaluations Paul C. son, Job Daniel Crockett. Job is six years old and arrived Adams, Steven R. Grove, Stephen C. Kidd, Andres Tafur, in the United States on August 1, 2008. His parents, Kara Rudy A. Thomas; Tankermen Trainees Paul F. Beglane, and Jordan Crockett, ﬁrst met their son on a mission trip in Gregorio Rios; AB Deckhands Russell A. Ewing, Noah 2006 when he was living at the Ministry of Mercy Orphanage G. Flaherty, Richard M. Gaskill, James D. Hanna, Caleb in Otutulu Village, Nigeria. Congratulations to the entire W. Knapp, Vincent J. Lusardi, Timothy W. Thornton; Crockett family! OS Deckhands Shawn E. Boone, Aaron S. Braswell, Robert E. Green, Michael P. Hale; Deckhand Trainees August W. Aydt III, Austin L. Bickford, Franklin H. Kennedy, Charles J. Parker, John W. Shkor, Leslie L. Bells and Whistles Turner III; Fleet Coordinators Theresa Giove, Matthew is happy to report the W. Riley; Maintenance Mechanic Patrick E. Dwyer; birth of Aiden Brent Mechanic Helper William F. Thompson Jr.; Purchasing Bradshaw on January Coordinator Elizabeth L. Black; Raft Technician/Driver 21, 2009. Aiden is Brian M. Keeter; Vessel the son of G&E No. 4 Supervisor Robert OS Deckhand Brent Forrester; Warehouse/ R. Bradshaw and his Inventory Coordinators girlfriend, Michelle Kevin Colbridge and Whealton. He arrived George P. Dougherty. weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz., and measuring 20" long. Bells and Whistles sends best wishes to It is double the fun for Director of Information Technology Barge Captain Willie Brian M. Bernacki. He and his wife, Karen, welcomed L. Burnham and his twins, Elisabeth Hartley Bernacki and Joshua Thomas lovely bride, Tracey L. Bernacki on February 7, 2009. Elisabeth weighed 5 lbs., 6 oz., Starkey. The two wed and Joshua weighed 5 lbs., 15 oz. Both were 17" long. The the pipeline 13 Bernackis have two Happy Spring! other sons. Drew is Bells and Whistles six and Alex is three. thanks Chesapeake AB With four children Deckhand Harley D. under the age of six, it Parks Jr. and his wife, is safe to say that the Ethel, for sharing pic- Bernacki household tures of their darling will be very busy for granddaughters dressed many years to come. in festive frocks. Brianna Parks is ﬁve years old and Chyanne Morales is one. Brianna is the daugh- ter of Brandy Trala A ﬁrst for Bells and James Parks, and and Whistles. Two Chyanne is the daugh- sets of twins in ter of Brandy Trala and one issue! Jillian José Morales. All live Sophie Larmore in Exmore, Virginia. and Colton Elmer Larmore arrived on February 24, 2009. They are the ﬁrst grandchildren for Vane Brothers Mate Hats off to Jacob Trainee Gordon L. Smith, son of Marine Buyer Earl W. Smith. Jacob’s hockey team, Ford and his wife, the Baltimore Saints, Vicky. Gordon was featured on Fox reports that his 45 News on April 1st. daughter, Emily He is goalie for the Larmore, and team that offers a rec- son-in-law, Chris reational and therapeu- Larmore, are doing tic program for chil- well. The twins’ dren and adults with proud uncle, Russel traumatic brain inju- O. Ford, is an AB ries or developmen- Deckhand on the tal disabilities. The Vane Brothers. Pipeline last caught up with Jacob and his family in spring 2003 when he was attend- ing a pre-kindergarten class. We are happy to Congratulations share what an athletic young man Jacob has become. to Wye River Captain William M. Meekins II. He and his wife, Heather, welcomed a daughter, Isabella, on February 28, 2009. The Maryland Port Administration (MPA) held its 10th She weighed 9 lbs., 10 annual Women in Maritime History Event on March 13, oz. All the best to the 2009 at the Sparrows Point Country Club. The MPA uses the Meekins family. occasion to recognize women in the traditionally male-domi- 14 the pipeline nated maritime industry who have made extraordinary contri- butions to their ﬁelds. A handful of Vane employees were in Bells and Whistles is proud to share the impressive accom- attendance to hear MPA Manager of Safety, Environment & plishments of DS-58 Barge Captain Richard A. Butrim Sr.’s Risk Management Barbara McMahon accept her Woman of three children. Paul Butrim is a Baltimore City Fireﬁghter, the Year Award. and Richard Butrim Jr. is a Navy Seaman Apprentice. The youngest, Cory Butrim, has been accepted into Harford Technical High School and will begin his freshman year in fall 2009. Keep up the good work gentlemen! Vane ﬂags travel all over the world. Captain Russi Mate Erik F. Hansen took one with him on a January 2009 trip to Europe and Asia. Pictured are Buddhist On April 17, 2009, Vane welcomed newly elected monks at the temple Congressman complex, Angkor Wat, in Frank M. Cambodia, and Erik in Kratovil Jr. and the back of a “tuk-tuk” key members of in Luang Prabang, Laos. the Maryland port community. The visit includ- ed a tour of Fleet Headquarters in Fairﬁeld and a tug ride of the Inner Harbor. On January 29, 2009 The Pipeline is published quarterly by: the Baltimore Port The Vane Brothers Companies Authority hosted its 2100 Frankfurst Avenue 13th annual Legislative Baltimore, MD 21226 Reception. Key members Phone: (410) 631-7773 of the Maryland State Fax: (410) 631-7781 Government gathered with Web: www.vanebrothers.com port leaders to showcase Editor: Elizabeth S. Hughes the importance of the Port email: firstname.lastname@example.org of Baltimore to the state’s Production and Design: PCA of Timonium economy. Vane Property Deadline for next issue: July 13, 2009 Manager Francis J. Nossell Jr. smiles with Rukert Terminals’ Andrew Nixon. the pipeline 15 Presorted Sta dard US Postage PAID imo i m, MD Permit No.
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