Dann Ma­rine starts ex­pan­sion project

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While I was out and about ... I thought it was in­ter­est­ing to find out that Dann Ma­rine, a fifth gen­er­a­tion, fam­ily-ownedand-op­er­ated tug and barge busi­ness lo­cated at Canal Place on the north side of Ch­e­sa­peake City, has started an ex­pan­sion project to ac­com­mo­date its grow­ing busi­ness.

Not only are they ex­pand­ing, but they’ve hired a team of lo­cal busi­nesses to help them with the project.

The Ce­cil County team in­cludes Clark De­sign Group as the ar­chi­tect, McCrone as the en­gi­neer­ing firm and Bay Coun­try As­so­ci­ates as the con­trac­tor.

The cur­rent ex­pan­sion project is a 5,000-square-foot, two-story ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing of­fice building.

Con­struc­tion be­gan last month and is ex­pected to take about five months to com­plete.

“We’ve pretty much maxed out our cur­rent space so this ex­pan­sion will help us pre­pare for fu­ture growth,” owner Christopher Dann said. “We’re busy all year.”

The com­pany is based in Ch­e­sa­peake City, but man­ages a fleet of tug­boats and barges that op­er­ate along the East Coast, the Gulf of Mex­ico, the Caribbean Sea, South Amer­ica and the Great Lakes.

This is an ex­pan­sion that is good for the lo­cal econ­omy. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all in­volved.

*** On my way back from Dann Ma­rine on Tues­day, I spot­ted a tall mast at Schae­fer’s Restau­rant so I went for a closer look. It was the Kalmar Ny­ckel, a 17th cen­tury re­pro­duc­tion of the first colo­nial Swedish set­tle­ment ship

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Af­ter a short chat with Fred Hocker, a ma­rine arche­ol­o­gist on the crew, I learned the tall ship spent the night at Schae­fer’s on its way to its home port of Wilm­ing­ton, Del., af­ter at­tend­ing the 16th an­nual “Down­rig­ging Week­end” in Ch­ester­town.

The 24 crew mem­bers slept on board Mon­day night af­ter en­joy­ing a Hal­loween party at Schae­fer’s. Hocker has pro­vided VIP tours of the Kalmar Ny­ckel to the likes of Prince Charles and is ex­pect­ing to pro­vide a tour soon to re­cent No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture win­ner Bob Dy­lan.

“If he shows up,” Hawker said with a laugh.

*** More good news for the lo­cal econ­omy was shared last month at a meet­ing of the Mary­land Horse In­dus­try Board con­ducted in Fair Hill.

Board mem­bers re­ported that Horse Dis­cov­ery Cen­ters at­tracted about 30,000 vis­i­tors at the Mary­land State Fair this year and progress con­tin­ues to­ward ap­proval of a horse cur­ricu­lum in Mary­land.

“Farm-based ed­u­ca­tion in­cludes horses for the first time with the in­ten­tion of keep­ing the in­dus­try grow­ing,” said Ross Ped­di­cord, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mary­land Horse In­dus­try Board.

Progress also con­tin­ues on work to make Fair Hill part of Mary­land’s Horse Park Sys­tem, Ped­di­cord re­ported. He said plans are now mov­ing from the con­cept stage to the plan­ning stage with var­i­ous meet­ings set up with leg­is­la­tors, pri­vate in­vestors and state of­fi­cials to dis­cuss pri­vate-pub­lic fund­ing, land use and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. The fo­cus is on im­prov­ing the steeple­chase fa­cil­i­ties.

Ped­di­cord an­nounced that the pre­lim­i­nary re­sults of a re­cent horse eco­nomic im­pact sur­vey in­di­cate a 23 per­cent growth in the horse in­dus­try in Mary­land.

“That’s amaz­ing,” he noted. “It

nec­tiv­ity grant pro­grams.

Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources For­est Ser­vice will re­ceive $30,000 in 2017 for trail main­te­nance at Elk Neck State For­est. The Fair Hill Nat­u­ral Re­sources Man­age­ment Area Trail Crew re­ceived the same amount. shows a huge turn­around and shows Mary­land’s horse in­dus­try could reach $1.5 bil­lion an­nu­ally by 2020.”

Ped­di­cord noted the state is a pow­er­house in women’s polo, joust­ing and steeple­chase events.

Horse In­dus­try Board Chair­man Jim Steele said the bet­ting han­dle for thor­ough­bred horses in Mary­land is up 20 per­cent from last year.

“Fewer horses are be­ing bred,” he said, “And, purses are at an all­time high at Ti­mo­nium.”

Steele also said that Fasig-Tip­ton’s year­ling sale had a 24 per­cent in­crease this year.

“All signs are pos­i­tive,” Ped­di­cord said.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may call her at 443-907-8440, or email her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com.

Mean­while Lower Susque­hanna Her­itage Green­ways was awarded $20,000 for its Susque­hanna Hills Trail.

More than $5 mil­lion in grants was awarded by the agency for bi­cy­cle path­ways con­struc­tion, de­sign or retro­fit, trails and trans­porta­tion al­ter­na­tives.


Bay Coun­try As­so­ci­ates is building a 5,000-square-foot of­fice ad­di­tion at Dann Ma­rine in Ch­e­sa­peake City.


The Kalmar Ny­ckel docked at Schae­fer’s Canal House in Ch­e­sa­peake City Mon­day night on its way from Ch­ester­town to Wilm­ing­ton, Del.

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