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President Joe Biden visited the Port of Baltimore November 10. Maryland Department of Transportation Mary-land Port Administration (MDOT MPA) Executive Director William P. Doyle welcomed the President to the Port of Baltimore and introduced Gov. Larry Hogan. Speaking from the podium, Doyle said, “The Port of Baltimore is not experiencing any congestion and is the best-operated Port in the country, with an experienced and dedicated ILA labor force.”

Longshoreman Tony Revels had the honor of introducing the President.

The new post-Panamax cranes at Seagirt Marine Terminal are visible behind President Joe Biden. (Photo by Bill McAllen)

In his own remarks, President Biden touted the Port as an example of world-class infrastructure at work and as a beneficiary of the recently passed, bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.“This is a once-in-a-generation investment,” Biden said, noting that the bill would result in an influx of $1.2 trillion in funds that will support growth and the creation of well-paid union jobs at places like the Port of Baltimore. He also spoke of the importance of another bill making its way through Congress: the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better package, which aims to fund health care, combat climate change and expand paid leave for workers.

Biden spoke on a stage set up at Dundalk Marine Terminal, where MDOT MPA is reconstructing and strengthening its roll-on/roll-off berths to accommodate larger and heavier farm and construction machinery and other cargo. The Port of Baltimore handles more cars/light trucks and roll-on/roll-off cargo than any other U.S. port.

Guests watching the President’s speech also had an excellent view of cranes at Seagirt Marine Terminal, including the four Neo-Panamax cranes delivered to the Port in September. Once the cranes are fully operational early in 2022, the Port will be able to handle two super-sized vessels simultaneously — a major competitive advantage.

Other dignitaries present at the event included Gov. Larry Hogan; Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger; U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen; and Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott.

Hogan: Bill to Enable ‘Critical Investments’

“Our Port is continuing to gain new business month after month from all across the globe, and now we are thrilled that the Port of Baltimore will be a beneficiary of the new bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will help us make even more critical investments in this Port and in our roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, waterways, in broadband, and with cyber defense,” Gov. Hogan said. “This landmark legislation will help us grow jobs, expand economic opportunity and enhance security, and I was proud to support this bipartisan effort and to have helped push to get it across the finish line.”

During President Biden’s visit, Doyle said, “We gave the President an up close and personal tour where he saw the recently delivered Ports America Chesapeake Neo-Panamax cranes and many of our key cargos, including roll-on/roll-off equipment, American- manufactured farm equipment readied for export, automobiles, forest products and containers.”

The Port of Baltimore is leading the response to the current supply chain crisis, cargo volumes are strong and continuing to increase, and construction on the transformative Howard Street Tunnel project has now begun.