Port to add land for ad­di­tional cargo han­dling

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Gove. Larry Ho­gan and the Maryland Board of Pub­lic Works ap­proved a con­tract that will com­plete the fill in of a wet basin at the He­len Delich Bent­ley Port of Bal­ti­more’s Fair­field Marine Ter­mi­nal. When com­pleted, this will cre­ate more land to help han­dle the Port’s in­creas­ing auto and roll on/roll off (farm and con­struc­tion ma­chin­ery) cargo.

“The Port of Bal­ti­more is the num­ber one auto port in the na­tion and con­tin­ues to break cargo records ev­ery month,” said Gov. Ho­gan. “Our ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to fur­ther­ing this growth and strongly sup­ports our great Port and its thou­sands of hard­work­ing men and women han­dling the mil­lions of tons of cargo com­ing in through­out the year.”

The Port of Bal­ti­more’s com­bined pub­lic and pri­vate auto ter­mi­nals had a record year in 2017 by han­dling 807,194 cars and light trucks. It was the first time sur­pass­ing the 800,000 car/light truck mark and the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year that Maryland had han­dled more cars and light trucks than any other U.S. port.

Fill­ing in the wet basin will cre­ate seven acres of cargo stor­age area. This con­tract will com­plete the over­all project by rais­ing the el­e­va­tion, adding a new storm drainage sys­tem, fin­ished sur­fac­ing, light­ing, fenc­ing, and a se­cu­rity booth.

Ear­lier this month, the Maryland Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Maryland Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT MPA) an­nounced the state-owned pub­lic marine ter­mi­nals at the Port of Bal­ti­more set two new monthly records in May. The Port han­dled 61,058 au­tos and light trucks best­ing its pre­vi­ous record of 60,624 set in Novem­ber 2015. Also, the Port in May han­dled 90,152 TEU (Twenty-foot Equiv­a­lent Unit) con­tain­ers, the most in one month since Au­gust 2017 when it han­dled 88,391.

That news fol­lowed the 312-year-old port hav­ing its best quar­ter ever dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2018 as a record amount of gen­eral cargo and con­tain­ers made their way through the pub­lic marine ter­mi­nals. A to­tal of 2,765,247 tons of gen­eral cargo crossed the pub­lic piers dur­ing the first three months of 2018, 8 per­cent more than the first quar­ter of 2017, which was 2,560,065 tons. Also, the Port han­dled 156,991 con­tain­ers dur­ing the first quar­ter, a 14 per­cent jump over 2017, which was a record year for con­tain­ers at the Port of Bal­ti­more.

In 2017, the Port of Bal­ti­more’s pub­lic and pri­vate marine ter­mi­nals han­dled 38.4 mil­lion tons of cargo, the most since 1979 and the third-high­est ton­nage in its his­tory. The pub­lic marine ter­mi­nals, man­aged by the MDOT MPA, han­dled a record 10.7 mil­lion tons of gen­eral cargo. It was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year the pub­lic ter­mi­nals han­dled more than 10 mil­lion tons of gen­eral cargo. In­cluded in the gen­eral cargo num­ber was a record 596,972 con­tain­ers, an 11 per­cent jump from the pre­vi­ous record set in 2016.

Among the na­tion’s ports, the Port of Bal­ti­more ranks first for au­tos and light trucks, roll on/roll off heavy farm and con­struc­tion ma­chin­ery, and im­ported sugar. The Port ranks sec­ond in ex­ported coal. Over­all, the Port ranks ninth among all ports for the to­tal dol­lar value of cargo and 12th in for­eign cargo ton­nage.

Busi­ness at the Port of Bal­ti­more gen­er­ates about 13,650 di­rect jobs, while about 127,600 jobs in Maryland are linked to Port ac­tiv­i­ties. The Port is re­spon­si­ble for nearly $3 bil­lion in per­sonal wages and salary and more than $300 mil­lion in state and lo­cal tax rev­enues.

The Port of Bal­ti­more re­ceived its brand-new su­per post-Pana­max cranes, able to un­load cargo from the largest ships in the world, in 2012.

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from John Deere in­structed port work­ers on com­bine op­er­a­tion dur­ing ro/ro train­ing ex­er­cises at the Port of Bal­ti­more.

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