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Eric Carlson Retires After 37 Years at WWL
Eric Carlson, Senior Vessel Operations Manager at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), retired in December after a 37-year career in the shipping industry, much of it in Baltimore.
Carlson joined Wilhelmsen Lines in New York in 1980 and relocated to Baltimore when the company moved
its main office to the World Trade Center in 1990. He was operations team leader when the two shipping companies merged in 1999 and has held a number of other positions planning and overseeing the movement of ships and cargo.
“He is the main architect of this large cargo dance” that now involves 200 WWL ships a year at the Port of Baltimore, said Captain Jonathan Streett, North Atlantic Ports and Cargo Operations Manager for WWL.
Known as an innovator, Carlson was one of
the four founders of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration’s (MDOT MPA) Quality Cargo Handling Action Team (QCHAT) formed in 1997 to answer the quality complaints of a major shipper. Since then, the team has addressed a variety
of issues that affect cargo quality and handling. Streett called QCHAT the only collective program of its kind, with representatives from each facet of the shipping business at the Port investigating problems and finding solutions.
Streett also credits Carlson with adapting to the technological and other logistical developments that have transformed the shipping industry during the past four decades. “In 1980, how many people were using computers to load ships? We were still doing manifests by hand,” he recalled.
Carlson also served the local shipping community. He was appointed to the Maryland State Board of Pilots and served with the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, among other organizations.
“He is the consummate professional we have been looking up to for years,” said Streett. “Everyone in this Port knows him and respects him. We wish him well in his retirement.” 􏰀
Eric Carlson, right, receives a ship’s wheel clock from WWL’s Capt. Jonathan Streett.
Joe Marecki, left, of the MDOT MPA presents Eric Carlson a certificate of appreciation.
Wishing Eric Carlson, center, well are colleagues, from left,
Jon Streett, Mike Orders, Paul Mitchell, Timothy Beall and Brian Goznell.

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