A record-breaking 2018 for the Port of Baltimore
We are more than halfway through 2018, and it has been a very good year for us so far at the Port of Baltimore.
We began by announcing a new ro/ro service to New Zealand and Australian on Hoegh Autoliners. As the number one U.S. port for ro/ro and with 50 percent of the U.S. market share, this will further enhance our ro/ ro profile. Ports America Chesapeake then added new rubber-tired gantry cranes to help with our record container volume growth. We and Ports America Chesapeake are also making other changes to improve overall efficiencies for trucks at Seagirt Marine Terminal.
In May, we were very honored to be the first North American port to host the international GreenPort Congress. This event brought together maritime professionals from all over the world who specialize in green disciplines. It was a terrific opportunity to also talk about the great green initiatives and programs we have right here at the Port of Baltimore, including our dredged material and clean diesel programs.
Our first quarter of 2018 was the best quarter in our 312-year history for total cargo tonnage from the public marine terminals. We followed that right up by beating that mark in the second quarter. We also had our best single month ever in May when we handled a record number of cars and containers.
In July, Governor Hogan and the Board of Public Works approved a contract that will complete the fill-in of a wet basin at our Fairfield Marine Terminal. It will create seven additional acres for us to use for our surging auto and ro/ro businesses. Last year, the Port of Baltimore led all U.S. ports by 807,194 cars and light trucks, the seventh consecutive year handling more vehicles than any other port and it was our first time surpassing the 800,000 vehicle mark.
After a productive first six months of 2018 we are now focused on continuing that success and finishing the year strong as one of Maryland’s leading economic generators.
A view of Dundalk and the Seagirt Marine Terminal from atop a crane at the Port of Baltimore.
JAMES J. WHITE