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Port of Baltimore ships out original cranes

[ March 16, 2023   //   ]

Three original Post Panamax-style container cranes that have been at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal since it opened in 1990 were shipped on March 16, as Maryland’s port continues to upgrade infrastructure and make other enhancements to improve overall efficiency. The cranes will leave Baltimore and head to the Ports America terminal at the Port of Tampa.
Last year, the Port of Baltimore put into service four additional ultra-large, Neo-Panamax cranes, each measuring 450 feet in height. The new cranes, which are fully electric with no diesel emissions, are part of a $166 million investment at Seagirt by Ports America Chesapeake. Also included are 15 hybrid-electric rubber-tired gantry cranes, a new truck gate complex and software upgrades that improve efficiencies for truckers.
“We are making fantastic infrastructure and technological improvements at Seagirt with our great partners at Ports America Chesapeake,” said Maryland Port Administration and Port of Baltimore Executive Director William P. Doyle. “These will greatly improve efficiencies for truckers accessing Seagirt, in addition to improving container-handling efficiencies for ships that call Seagirt and help us bring new cargo opportunities to Maryland.”
Maryland’s Port of Baltimore is coming off a strong 2022, when it handled a record $74.3 billion worth of cargo and established new records for general cargo tons at the state-owned public terminals, imported 20-foot equivalent unit containers and imported paper.
Baltimore also handled the most cars and light trucks among all U.S. ports for the 12th consecutive year. The Port also ranks first among the nation’s ports for roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, as well as imported sugar and imported gypsum. The Port is 10th among major U.S. ports for total cargo value and 12th for cargo tonnage.