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In 2017, the Port of Baltimore handled 596,972 containers — another record year. With a volume increase of nearly
11 percent year-over-year, Baltimore was recently named the fourth fastest growing port in North America. A full year of the expanded Panama Canal has helped to fuel this growth by bringing larger vessels and continuing to shift capacity and volume from the West to the East Coast.
2017 marked a pivotal year for strategic container growth in the Port. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) purchased more than 70 acres of land adjacent to Seagirt Marine Terminal and has merged that into its 50-year public-private partnership with Ports America Chesapeake. This added significant capacity for container expansion and will enable Seagirt to manage its projected growth for at least the next 20 years.
Ports America Chesapeake continues to invest in Seagirt with six additional RTGs that arrived in January. Further plans are in development for enhanced gate technologies, weigh
in motion scales and even more terminal infrastructure. A gray chassis pool and empty container yard will also optimize on-dock loaded container activity and increase terminal velocity.
Distribution center growth continues to remain robust in the Baltimore market with millions of square feet of warehouse space delivered in 2017 and millions more scheduled to deliver in 2018. In addition, there is upwards of 20 million square feet of additional distribution space that can be built within a short drive of the Port.
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2017: 596,972 Units 2016: 538,567 Units PERCENT CHANGE: +10.84%
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