Port cel­e­brates best quar­ter in 312 years

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The 312-year-old Helen Delich Bent­ley Port of Bal­ti­more had its best quar­ter ever dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2018 as a record amount of gen­eral cargo and con­tain­ers made their way through the state-owned public ma­rine ter­mi­nals. A to­tal of 2,765,247 tons of gen­eral cargo crossed the public piers dur­ing the first three months of 2018, eight per­cent more than the first quar­ter of 2017, which was 2,560,065 tons. Also, the port han­dled 156,991 con­tain­ers dur­ing the first quar­ter, a 14 per­cent jump over 2017 which was a record year for con­tain­ers at the Port of Bal­ti­more.

“The Port of Bal­ti­more has firmly es­tab­lished its rep­u­ta­tion as a lead­ing eco­nomic engine for Mary­land, with its best quar­ter in over three cen­turies,” said Gov. Larry Ho­gan. “The Port gen­er­ates good-pay­ing, fam­ily-sup­port­ing jobs for tens of thou­sands of Mary­lan­ders, and our ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue to work to en­sure the last­ing suc­cess of this vi­tal as­set.”

In ad­di­tion to the record first quar­ter, the port’s public ma­rine ter­mi­nals han­dled 1,000,571 TEU (Twenty-foot Equiv­a­lent Unit) con­tain­ers for the 12-month pe­riod end­ing April 30, 2018. That is the first time that the Mar yland De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT MPA) has ex­ceeded one mil­lion TEU’s in any 12-month pe­riod.

The new records fol­low a record year in 2017 for the Port’s public and private ma­rine ter­mi­nals. The Port of Bal­ti­more han­dled 38.4 mil­lion tons of cargo in 2017, 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.

The Port’s com­bined public and private auto ter­mi­nals also had a record year in 2017 by han­dling 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 Mary­land had han­dled more cars and light trucks than any other U.S. port.

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 more than $300 mil­lion in state and lo­cal tax rev­enues.

PHOTO BY VIR­GINIA TERHUNE

A 400-foot-tall crane un­loads con­tainer cargo from the Ever Lam­bent, one of the Ever­green Line’s new su­per-sized ships, that passed through the newly ex­panded Panama Canal be­fore dock­ing at the Sea­girt Ma­rine Terminal last week.

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