Port gets $6.5M federal grant to upgrade berths
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.