Port posts record quar­ter with 2.8M tons of cargo

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Colin Campbell

The port of Bal­ti­more han­dled a record 2.8 mil­lion tons of gen­eral cargo and con­tain­ers in the first three months of 2018, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the port’s best quar­ter in its his­tory. The gen­eral cargo vol­ume was 8 per­cent higher than in the first quar­ter of 2017, when the port han­dled more than 2.5 mil­lion tons of cargo, the port ad­min­is­tra­tion said. The port saw a 14 per­cent in­crease in con­tainer vol­ume — han­dling 156,991 con­tain­ers — over that same time pe­riod. The port’s pub­lic marine ter­mi­nals han­dled more than 1 mil­lion 20-foot equiv­a­lent unit con­tain­ers in the 12 months end­ing April 30 for the first time in any 12-month pe­riod, the port ad­min­is­tra­tion said. The gains fol­low a record year for the port’s pub­lic and pri­vate marine ter­mi­nals, in which the port han­dled 38.4 mil­lion tons of gen­eral cargo, the third high­est to­tal in its his­tory. “The Port of Bal­ti­more has firmly es­tab­lished its rep­u­ta­tion as a lead­ing eco­nomic en­gine for Mary­land, with its best quar­ter in over three cen­turies,” Gov. Larry Ho­gan said in a state­ment. —

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