Port gets $6.5M fed­eral grant to up­grade berths

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BAL­TI­MORE — The Port of Bal­ti­more is get­ting a $6.5 mil­lion fed­eral grant to build an ad­di­tional 50-foot-deep berth to ac­com­mo­date large con­tainer ships.

“The more cargo, the more money we make and the more jobs we cre­ate,” said U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Rup­pers­berger, whose dis­trict in­cludes the port. “This is re­ally go­ing to help the port.”

Rup­pers­berger said he re­ceived a call Thurs­day from the deputy sec­re­tary of trans­porta­tion, no­ti­fy­ing him that the Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion would be awarded a grant through the BUILD — Bet­ter Uti­liz­ing In­vest­ments to Lever­age De­vel­op­ment — pro­gram.

The port ad­min­is­tra­tion had ap­plied for an $8 mil­lion grant to ex­pand one of the berths at the Sea­girt Marine Ter­mi­nal from 45 feet to 50 feet, and was awarded the $6.5 mil­lion.

Sea­girt al­ready has one 50-foot-deep berth, which “has been ap­peal­ing to ocean car­ri­ers,” Mary­land’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion wrote in a let­ter sup­port­ing the grant ap­pli­ca­tion. That berth and four new cranes went into ser­vice in 2013.

Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials de­clined to dis­cuss the grant Thurs­day evening.

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