A record-break­ing 2018 for the Port of Bal­ti­more

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE - By JAMES J. WHITE

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.

PHOTO BY BILL MCALLEN

A view of Dun­dalk and the Sea­girt Marine Ter­mi­nal from atop a crane at the Port of Bal­ti­more.

JAMES J. WHITE

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