MD. COMPANY PROTESTS PORT SOFTWARE PACT

MD. COMPANY PROTESTS PORT SOFTWARE PACT

Lamarian Systems Inc., Greenbelt, Md., says a $542,000 computer software contract for the Port of Baltimore's new high-technology intermodal terminal was improperly awarded.

Maersk Data USA Inc., a subsidiary of one of the largest carriers at the port, Maersk Line, got the software contract for the $250 million Seagirt Marine Terminal, after the original contract to a California firm was voided.Port officials said California Stevedore & Ballast Inc. could not deliver the software on time, and also expressed concerns that it would not work properly.

Lamarian's protest at the State Board of Contract Appeals said it either should get the contract, or the bidding should be reopened.

The award was improper, said Lamarian, because when the California company was dropped, port officials skipped over Lamarian as the next ranking bidder for the contract.

The protest could further delay the opening of Seagirt, which is already a year behind schedule.