From the baby formula shortage at local supermarkets to the John Deere tractors piling up at the port of Baltimore, it is
hardly ‘business as usual.’ The Covid 19 pandemic revealed the fragility of the global supply chain. It’s still fragile for
different reasons – government regulation, labor shortages and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which will wreak havoc
with the international food supply. “The world will be reeling for years to come,” says international shipping expert Steve
On June 21, Steve, a senior vice-president of Maersk lines, will bring us up to date on the global Supply Chain crisis.
Joining him will be Bill Doyle, the executive director of the Maryland Port Authority.
Steve previously held positions in operations and finance for U.S. Marine Management, Inc. and for Maersk. He is a
member of the Naval Studies Board, and past member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and Marine
Board. Steve won wide praise for his comprehensive overview in a Baltimore Council Zoom event last July of trade
slowdowns in the time of Covid.
Bill Doyle, the master of the ports in Maryland, will speak on the government role in facilitating trade. Bill was appointed
by Governor Hogan just under two years ago. He had previously after served five years as a federal maritime
commissioner under President Obama and then executive director of the Dredging Contractors of America, a trade
association. He’s a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime academy and served 10 years on ships as a merchant marine
officer, but he’s also a graduate of the Widener University School of Law. The port of Baltimore, which he oversees, has
the biggest volume of cars, light trucks, farm equipment and heavy construction equipment of any U.S. port, and it’s
expanding. When US ports, particularly on the West Coast, were backed up with ships waiting to be unloaded, he had
bragging rights: “We don’t have any ships at anchor, anywhere.”