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Governor Announces Record Cargo Levels at Port of Baltimore in 2016

February 14th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that 2016 was another record year for the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals, setting records for key targeted commodities. For the first time in its history, the Port surpassed 10 million total tons of general cargo handled at its public terminals and saw a record number of containers. General cargo includes automobiles, containers, roll on/roll off (farm and construction equipment), forest products (rolled paper and wood pulp), and breakbulk cargo. The Port was recently named the most efficient port in the U.S. for the third consecutive time.

“Maryland’s strategic investments in the Port of Baltimore have enabled the Port to directly benefit from the expanded Panama Canal by serving the new mega-ships,” said Governor Hogan. “With the arrival of these larger ships bringing more cargo, the Port of Baltimore is truly open for business. As one of Maryland’s leading economic engines, the Port continues to set new records and generate good-paying, family-supporting jobs for tens of thousands of Marylanders.”

The Port began handling larger ships that could transit through the Panama Canal last year after the canal completed a major widening and expansion. As part of the success of 2016, the Port had a particularly productive month in December for containers with the new mega-ships. Containers were up 23 percent in December 2016 compared to December 2015. Baltimore is one of only four U.S. East Coast ports with the necessary infrastructure 

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