Port wel­comes largest con­tainer ship to ever visit Mary­land


The He­len Delich Bent­ley Port of Bal­ti­more wel­comed the largest con­tainer ship to ever visit Mary­land as the Gunde Maersk, which has a ca­pac­ity to han­dle 11,000 Twenty-foot Equiv­a­lent (TEU) con­tain­ers, ar­rived at the Sea­girt Marine Ter­mi­nal yes­ter­day and worked through to­day. The mas­sive ves­sel was able to call the Port of Bal­ti­more be­cause of the Port’s 50-foot deep chan­nel and its su­per­sized NeoPana­max cranes.

“As a lead­ing eco­nomic engine for our state, the Por t of Bal­ti­more is well-po­si­tioned to con­tinue wel­com­ing some of the largest con­tainer ships in the world,” said Gover­nor Larry Ho­gan. “Our ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue mak­ing the nec­es­sary in­vest­ments to help this vi­tal as­set grow and en­sure that the Port re­mains open for busi­ness.”

Pre­vi­ously, the largest con­tainer ship to visit the Port of Bal­ti­more was an MSC ves­sel in 2017 with a ca­pac­ity of 9,700 TEU con­tain­ers. The Port of Bal­ti­more is one of the few ports on the East Coast to have a 50-foot deep chan­nel that is nec­es­sary to ac­com­mo­date large ships. Un­der a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship with the Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT MPA), the Sea­girt Marine Ter­mi­nal is op­er­ated by Ports Amer­ica Ch­e­sa­peake.

In Septem­ber, Gover­nor Ho­gan and the Mary­land Board of Pub­lic Works ap­proved a con­tract that will com­plete the fill in of a wet basin at the Port’s Fair­field Marine Ter­mi­nal. This will cre­ate more land in a prime lo­ca­tion ad­ja­cent to the piers to help han­dle the Port’s surg­ing auto cargo.

In Au­gust the Port of Bal­ti­more’s state-owned marine ter­mi­nals han­dled 65,281 cars and light trucks, the high­est monthly amount on record ever.

In ad­di­tion to the record month for cars, the Port’s state-owned marine ter­mi­nals in 2018 have es­tab­lished records for:

Best Fis­cal Year (July 2017-June 2018) for general cargo tons: 10,976,270 tons

Best Quar­ter for general cargo tons: 2,797,656 tons (se­cond quar­ter)

Best 1st Six months for general cargo tons: 5,562,954 tons

Most TEU (Twenty-foot Equiv­a­lent Unit) con­tain­ers in one month: 90,152 in May.

The Port of Bal­ti­more’s strong per­for­mance in 2018 fol­lows a suc­cess­ful 2017 when its pub­lic and pri­vate auto ter­mi­nals han­dled a record 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 the Port had han­dled more cars and light trucks than any other U.S. port.

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 $310 mil­lion in state and lo­cal tax rev­enues.

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