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Posted: August 18, 2008

The integrated tug/barge Baltimore approaches the Port of Chongjin in North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK). This was the second of three ports the Baltimore called at while delivering 37,270 metric tons of wheat for distribution by the World Food Program to the people of DPRK. The Baltimore’s was the first cargo in a total of 500,000 tons of U.S. food-aid being delivered by several ships, including Sealift’s M/V Marilyn. “The people of DPRK were very appreciative to be receiving the aid from the USA,” said Capt. Peter Whiting, master of the Baltimore. “We found the people to be very friendly, hard working and also very interested in western culture. All officers and SIU crew worked very hard during the port stays to complete this voyage and all are now looking forward to return to the USA.” The U.S. Shipping Partners ITB is manned in all licensed positions by AMO. AMO members aboard the Baltimore included Chief Mate Greg Maxwell, Second Mate Tim Baker, Third Mate Kyle Hickey, Chief Engineer Jack Mahoney, First Assistant Engineer Albert “Bubba” Bowley, Second A.E. Warren Nugent and Third A.E. Nicolas Littlepage.