Baltimore port handles record 86,403 TEU in May
THE Helen Delich Bentley port of Baltimore's public marine terminals handled a record 86,403 TEU containers in May, topping the previous all-time high achieved nearly two years ago.
For the first time, the port handled a total of 1,007,704 tonnes of cargo in May, surpassing the previous record of 923,030 tonnes set in January.
"The Port of Baltimore continues to perform at a very high level and has had a tremendous year so far," Governor Larry Hogan was quoted as saying in a report by AJOT.
The general cargo record of 1,007,704 tonnes, represented an 11 per cent increase over the same month in 2016. General cargo includes cars, containers, farm and construction machinery, breakbulk and forest products (rolled paper and wood pulp).
Containers are currently up 10 per cent year over year at the port of Baltimore. The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) recently announced the purchase of 70 acres of land near the Seagirt Marine Terminal that will be used for additional cargo opportunities including containers.
The port of Baltimore was recently recognised as the most efficient container port in the US for the third consecutive time. It averaged 71 container moves per hour per berth, a rate faster than any other major American port.