Business, Freight News, Sea

New record for general cargo at Port of Baltimore state-owned terminals

[ October 6, 2023   //   ]

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has achieved a new cargo volume record
at its state-owned public marine terminals, handling 11.6 million tons of general cargo during the 2023 fiscal year. The milestone surpasses the previous record of 11 million tons set during fiscal year 2019 – the year before the international maritime industry experienced worldwide
pandemic-related impacts.
While the general cargo record was achieved in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the port continues to show strong performance across several categories and key commodities. So far this calendar year, when compared to record 2022 performances, roll on/roll off farm and construction machinery coming through the port is up 28%, container volumes are up 7%, and general cargo is up 5%.
“With our tremendous team, incredible infrastructure and outstanding logistics, the Port of Baltimore is showing the world how to bring goods to market safely, reliably and with the highest customer service,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Maryland’s port, combined with our rail, tunnel, bridge and highway network, can deliver to markets up and down the East Coast and deep into the Midwest.”
Along with its continuing cargo success, the port welcomed a new cruise operator this month – Norwegian Cruise Line – to begin a fall and winter sailing schedule. Norwegian joins Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, which both offer year-round cruises from Maryland to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, New England and Canada.