Cars, light trucks remain driving force in Port of Baltimore recovery from COVID-19 lows


dredge containment facility. Four additional Neo-Panamax cranes

are scheduled to

A strong recovery continued in April at the Helen Delich Bentley Port

of with Baltimore’s

state-owned, public marine terminals,

key cargo

indicators up double-digits compared to COVID-19 lows and several categories also posting year-over-year increases. Autos and light trucks, roll on/roll off farm and construction machinery and overall general cargo each showed gains

compared to

April of last year to strongly lead the Port’s recovery. The Port of Baltimore has

handled more autos and light trucks than any other U.S. port for 10 consecutive years, and the rebound from pandemic lows indicates continued strength in that category. In April, 34,672 autos and light trucks came across the Port’s public docks, a tremendous 97% increase compared to the category’s pandemic low point in May 2020. Autos/light trucks were also up 23.5% year-over- year compared to April 2020. In addition to new vehicles, the Port also handles previously owned vehicles. In April, that category was

also up - an

increase of 27% compared to the same month last year. April figures also showed an

impressive increase for roll on/ roll off farm and construction equipment. Public terminals at the Port handled 85,405 tons

of heavy machinery, up 73% compared to the category’s low point in June 2020 and a 30% increase compared to April of last year. Overall general cargo, with

937,439 tons, was up 28% at the Port compared to the category’s June 2020 low, and up 7% year-over-year. Containers, with 50,866 boxes, was up 7% against its June 2020 low. “Big things are happening

at the Port of Baltimore,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) Executive Director William P. Doyle. “Our cargo figures are

bouncing back strong.

Farming and construction are picking up once again -- worldwide -- and American- made equipment is being exported to global markets through the Port of Baltimore. Consumers also are making more purchases online, and with our incredible local e-commerce logistics network we are handling the increased demand.” “We are also moving

forward with rail and terminal infrastructure projects that will help generate thousands of jobs and grow our business for many years to come,” Executive Director Doyle continued. “I thank our Port of Baltimore workforce for doing

such amazing jobs and for following COVID-19 health and safety protocols during these challenging times.” The Port continues to gain

new business and increase business from existing customers. The Port has served 21 “ad hoc” ships – vessels diverted to Baltimore that were not on a regularly scheduled service call - since mid-July 2020, totaling more than 31,000 TEUs. The Port also entered a new multi-year contract with the Metsa Group of Finland and Logistec Corporation which is consolidating Metsa’s Mid-Atlantic paper product volumes through Baltimore using carriers Spliethoff Group and Royal Wagenborg. The

contract will generate

hundreds of jobs and bring more than 370,000 tons of rolled paper to Maryland for products such as cardboard boxes and other e-commerce packaging. The Port is also expanding

capacity to serve two ultra- large container ships at one time. Dredging is complete for a second, 50-foot-deep berth at the Seagirt Marine Terminal, which is managed under a public-private partnership between MDOT MPA and Ports America Chesapeake. More than 465,000 cubic yards of sediment were removed and placed in the Masonville

Galveston Wharves experiences momentous Summer 2021

Summer 2021 will go down in the Port of Galveston’s 196- year history as a momentous period of major milestones, writes Rodger Rees, CEO & Port

Director of Galveston

Wharves. Despite pandemic- related business disruptions and an estimated loss of more than $44 million in cruise revenues, the port moved forward with major Strategic Master Plan projects and set new business records. Among the milestones he

mentions are the relaunching of

Carnival Cruise Line business from the port after

a 15-month suspension, and the moving forward . with Strategic Master Plan projects grouped in five main areas: relocation of cargo operations from the east port to the west port; infrastructure improvements and site work to prepare Pier 10 for Royal Caribbean cruise terminal construction; pedestrian and vehicular traffic projects


improve safety and traffic flow; drainage and utility improvements, and general repairs. “In June we moved a major roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) tenant

from Pier 10 to our West Port Cargo Complex,” Rees writes. “This is part of our plan to consolidate cargo operations to improve efficiencies and reduce truck traffic on Harborside Drive in the downtown area.” The cargo complex

provides direct access to major interstate highways and rail lines, making it an ideal location for our ro-ro, wind turbine components, grain, and other cargos. To prepare for the move,

the port invested $2 million in site improvements, including

arrive this summer and will be operational later this year. Baltimore remains one of a few East Coast ports with the ability to handle these supersized vessels. Complementing the new

Seagirt cranes and the Port’s growing container business are plans to expand Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel. The project will allow the tunnel to accommodate double-stacked container rail cars, clearing a longtime hurdle for the Port of Baltimore and giving the entire East Coast seamless double- stack capacity from Maine to Florida. The project involves clearance improvements in the tunnel and at 22 other locations between Baltimore and Philadelphia. When completed, it is expected to increase the Port’s business by about

160,000 containers

annually. It will also generate about 6,550 construction jobs and an additional 7,300 jobs from the increased business. The project is benefiting from public-private


from the federal government, Maryland, CSX and others. For auto and roll on/

roll off customers, MDOT MPA is reconstructing and strengthening its Dundalk Marine Terminal berths to better accommodate the increasing size of heavy farm and construction machinery. The Port of Baltimore currently handles more of this commodity than any other port in the nation.

paving, dock repairs, an

equipment processing center, and an industrial wash pad for equipment cargo exports. The improvements accommodate large ro-ro cargos such as construction and farming machinery. In May, the port also set

a new wind-turbine cargo record, importing more than 500 pieces, including tower sections, blades and nacelles. “We’re one of the few ports

with the skilled labor, rail and roadway infrastructure to handle this huge cargo,” he says. “We’ve also benefited from the addition of 17 acres of privately operated laydown area with rail service for wind components opened earlier this year.”

JAXPORT set a port record for container volumes in May, with total container movements increasing 37 percent over the same month in 2020. More than 128,900 TEUs moved through JAXPORT in May 2021. JAXPORT’s previous monthly container volume record of 123,700 TEUs was set in October 2019.

The Port of Oakland reported that ithandledthe equivalent of 1.08 million TEUs from January through May, an all-time high. At that pace, Oakland said annual volume could surpass 2.6 million boxes for the first time ever in 2021.

Port Tampa Bay is pleased to welcome the announcement by Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company, that it will include Tampa in a new containerized service between Central America and the US Gulf in late July 2021. The US Gulf Express will include a weekly direct call at Port Tampa Bay from Puerto Cortes and Puerto Castilla in Honduras, and Puerto Barrios, in Guatemala.

Port Houston saw its best May ever for container TEUs. TEUs in May showed a 30% increase, with 288,127 TEUs compared to last year’s 222,250 TEUs for the same month. Year-to-date, Port Houston container terminals have recorded an increase of 8% over last year, with a total of 1,315,166 TEUs so far in 2021. This comes aſter a record-breaking 2020 for TEUs through Port Houston.

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) continues to evolve towards clean energy, notably green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol. On June 10, it signed a cooperation and development agreement with Greenfield Global, which specializes in the production of biofuels. In the wake of dockside shore power implemented in 2017, the development of green hydrogen will make indirect shore supply of electrical power possible for the marine industry.

Navis announced that Sri Lanka Port Authority (SPLA) has gone live with Navis N4 at its Colombo Port as part of its modernizations efforts to remain competitive in the industry and optimize operations for efficiency at the port.

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Maersk is reconfiguring its south Asian services and is aiming to improve speed to market, providing higher predictability and offering more flexibility as well as bringing “resilience to the customers’ supply chains.” That follows a slew of disruptions to shipping from India including the Suez Canal closure.


Cargo moving through the Port of Long Beach remained strong in June as retail spending cooled down while consumers warmed up to summertime recreation and entertainment. Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 724,297 TEUs in June, up 20.3% from the same month last year. Imports rose 18.8% to 357,101 TEUs, while exports saw a relatively flat decrease of 0.5% to 116,947 TEUs. Empty containers moved through the Port jumped 36% to 250,249 TEUs. “We anticipate e-commerce to drive much of our cargo movement through the rest of 2021 as retailers plan for a busy summer season,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach.

A.P. Moller - Maersk and Hyundai Mipo Dockyards have agreed on a contract for Hyundai Mipo to build a feeder vessel with a dual engine technology enabling it to sail on either methanol or traditional very low sulphur fuel. Maersk announced the intention to order the vessel, an industry first,on 17 February 2021. It will fly the Danish flag.

Galveston Wharves set a new wind turbine cargo record in May, importing more than 500 pieces, including tower sections, blades and nacelles. As wind energy imports have steadily increased over the past 15 years to meet the nation’s transition to renewable energy, the port and its partners have made improvements to accommodate this growing industry.


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