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Is Baltimore ready for mega ships?

The caption under the photograph accompanying your editorial, "Breaking down barriers" (April 20), said that the Port of Baltimore "could be a big winner from well crafted trade deals." Specifically, the editorial supported Congressional fast track authority that would enable the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

The signing of such a partnership coincides nicely with the soon-to-be-completed expansion of the Panama Canal to permit the more efficient mega ships to easily reach East Coast ports from the Pacific and vice versa. The port of New York/New Jersey is spending $6 billion to raise a bridge and deepen channels. Miami is spending $1 billion on bigger cranes, deeper channels and better rails. Mobile, Ala. is spending $350 million on port improvements. The major West Coast ports are spending huge amounts to become more attractive to shippers in order to keep or expand their already large market share.

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What is the Port of Baltimore doing to prepare for the use of mega ships for commerce between the Pacific and Atlantic once the expanded canal is complete?

Anita Heygster, Pasadena

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