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EAST COAST PORTS\\\ >> 14


the Federal Channel to


-47 feet plus 9-foot tidal swing. Completion is expected in 2021. Other improvements include


the $75 million Massport Freight Corridor, which opened in September 2017. The corridor provides a dedicated trucking route for Conley Terminal versus truckers having to drive on East First Street in South Boston. “With truck turn times under


30 minutes coupled with a 37% increase in port productivity over the past 5 years, we already have seen our customer base increase over 50% since 2013 to 2,500 businesses,” Meyran says. Construction continues to be


made on Berth 10. Construction on the new berth began in Summer 2018. Three new STS cranes with an outreach of 22 rows wide were ordered in Fall 2018. The cranes are expected to be delivered in Fall 2020, just in time with the new berth opening by the end of the same year. “We will have some of the


tallest cranes on the East Coast at 205 feet high and 160 feet high from the rail,” Meyran says. “The cranes are specially designed to avoid air draſt restrictions due to nearby Logan Airport.” The port is also seeing $103


million in existing terminal improvements. The port is receiving a $42 million Federal FASTLANE Grant to help fit the bill. Among the improvements are a new in-gate processing area; berth improvements; new reefer racking system; technology upgrades, and new exit gate and resolution area. “Ninety percent of those


projects are underway,” Meyran says.


Port of Baltimore


Port of Baltimore’s robust public- private partnerships are building opportunities on the ground and, soon, under it, according to Richard Scher, Director of Communications at Maryland Port Administration, and news reports. The Baltimore Sun and


Transport Topics reported last summer that a $125 million federal grant will help expand the Howard Street Tunnel and “eliminate a critical bottleneck to the Port of Baltimore’s booming container business,” the Sun said. Along with the federal money,


a state contribution of $147 million and $91 million from


CSX railroad will repair the


nearly 125-year-old tunnel under downtown and expand it for “greater use by double-stack rail freight cars,” Transport Topics reported. Another example of port’s


the public-private


partnerships: Ports America Chesapeake, which operates Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal, will spend more than $18 million toward a $32.7 million development of a second 50-foot-draſt berth to accommodate ultra-large container vessels. Construction will begin later this year with opening set for 2021, the port’s July/August magazine says. As for heavy liſting, Scher


says, “Two heavy-liſt cranes and enhanced on-dock rail capabilities allow direct discharge on and off a ship. Dundalk Marine Terminal’s three heavy-liſt pads boast a capacity of 32.5 tons per axle per pad.”


All the while, the port kept


shattering monthly records until, by the end of FY2019, a record total of 11 million tons passed through the state-owned public marine terminals.


The


magazine noted that the arrival of the largest ship ever into the port, the 14,424-TEU Evergreen Titan, contributed to the second- quarter record.


Port of Virginia


The Port of Virginia® is on pace to another record-setting calendar year as cargo volumes through August are up nearly 95,000 TEUs, an increase of 5% over the same period last year. The strong volumes through


the first two-thirds of the year are attributable to an increase in the number of loaded import containers flowing across the port and a jump in the number of empty containers that were exported to a foreign destination. Through August, loaded import containers are up 53,508 TEUs, or more than 6%; export loads, are down 19,956 units, or 3%; export empties are up 61,187 units, or 19%; and import empties are down, though just 53 units. “Our calendar-year-to-date


performance remains strong despite a flat spot in August,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). “We are seeing some of the negative effects of the increasing trade tariffs in the agriculture sector,


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grain and lumber exports, and this was expected. Cargo volumes in August


were off by 1,145 containers, or .4% when compared with Aug. 2018. Import loads were up nearly 4%; total barge volume, up nearly 6 percent; Richmond Marine Terminal volume, up 16.5%; and truck volume, up 5.5%. “Our month-to-month


Tugs move first of eight caissons from Port of Halifax’s Richmond Terminals to the South End Container Terminal. (Port of Halifax photo.)


volumes will rebound, especially in these next couple of months leading into the retail season,” Reinhart said. “We are focused on diversifying our cargo mix, looking at new


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markets and working to raise awareness of the capabilities of this world-class port.” Jim Harris, VPA spokesman,


that officials are closely monitoring the current


trade


environment and are hoping for an amicable resolution. “Our internal analysis shows


that the tariffs are having a small impact on export cargo, but we are confident that we can regain volume through our ongoing effort to diversify our cargo mix,” he says. To help


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