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Maryland taps William Doyle to be new Port of Baltimore executive director

PortandTerminal.com, June 9, 2020

BALTIMORE, MD – William Doyle, a former federal maritime commissioner, has been tapped to be the new executive director of the Port of Baltimore and the Maryland Port Administration.

Doyle will start his new role effective July 22, according to a release from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office Tuesday. He takes over for Jim White, who stepped down at the end of December after leading the port for 18 years.

Doyle has three decades of experience in the transportation and energy sectors, and most recently served as CEO of Dredging Contractors of America, a trade association that represents the interests of the dredging and marine construction industry. He served on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) from 2013 to 2018, where he helped represent the U.S. in major labor negotiations and co-chaired maritime trade discussions with the People’s Republic of China, the European Trade Commission, Panama and Greece.

Prior to joining the FMC, Doyle was chief of staff for the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, a maritime labor union. He also has extensive experience in the energy sector, including having served as director of permits, scheduling and compliance with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, and on various other boards and committees related to energy under both the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations, according to his FMC biography.

“Bill has experience with major infrastructure projects that will prove invaluable as the Port continues to work with its private sector partners and the Baltimore community to deliver generational projects,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater in a statement. “From global negotiations to working with Congress to fund critical dredging projects, Bill understands all the elements needed to propel the Port of Baltimore to the next level.”

Doyle will take over the Port of Baltimore at a pivotal time, as the organization secured the necessary funding late last year for reconstruction of the Howard Street Tunnel, a $466 million project that will enable double-stacked container trains to travel to and from the port, greatly expanding its capacity. At the same time, the port is seeing a steep decline in cargo due to the coronavirus pandemic, with total cargo tonnage falling 11.8% in April.

Who is William Doyle?

William Doyle was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Weymouth. He is a 1992 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. As a cadet, he worked in the Quincy, Massachusetts shipyard breaking out vessels for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Upon graduation from Mass Maritime, he began sailing as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. As a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer from 1992 to 2002, Commissioner Doyle’s shipboard experience included serving aboard ammunition ships in and around Diego Garcia, car carriers servicing Europe and the Pacific Rim, tanker vessels, and in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s U.S. Ready Reserve Force Fleet.

While still serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Commissioner Doyle entered law school at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout law school, Commissioner Doyle worked his summer and winter breaks serving aboard Pre-positioning ships in South Carolina, delivering jet fuel to Haifa, Israel, and transporting liquid-sulfur between ports along the Gulf Coast of the United States.

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