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Autos fuel record May for Port of Baltimore

[ July 10, 2018   //   ]

The state-owned public marine terminals at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore continued their hot start to 2018 with two new monthly records set in May.  The port handled 61,058 autos and light trucks besting its previous record of 60,624 set in November 2015.  Also, the port in May handled 90,152 TEU containers, the most in one month since August 2017 when it handled 88,391.

Last month, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration announced the 312-year-old 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, 8% 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% jump over 2017, which was a record year for containers at the Port of Baltimore.

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% 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.