The prepared port: Baltimore keeps things moving during supply chain strain

11/01/2021| Julie Miller

The prepared port: Baltimore keeps things moving during supply chain strain

11/01/2021 | Julie Miller

As massive backlogs at many of the nation’s ports wreak havoc on the supply chain, things continue to flow smoothly through the Port of Baltimore. In fact, the Port of Baltimore is taking on diverted ships and new customers to help alleviate the strain on the supply chain, and has attracted two new container services recently.

“We are expanding and helping with the supply chain by attracting new services and container ships into the Port of Baltimore so we can help alleviate the strain,” Maryland Ports Authority Executive Director William Doyle told ABC 7 News .

The Port of Baltimore’s ability to handle the increased volume is possible largely because of strategic investments made in recent years to the Seagirt Marine Terminal. Earlier this year, its second 50-foot berth opened to accommodate some of the largest container ships in the world. And in September, four massive Neo-Panamax cranes  arrived at the terminal. These new cranes can lift up to 187,500 pounds of cargo and reach 23 containers across on a ship.

Once the cargo comes off the ships, the Port of Baltimore keeps things moving. The Seagirt Marine Terminal gate complex leverages the latest technology to increase efficiency, including weigh-in motion scales. As a result, the Port of Baltimore boasts a truck turn time, the total time spent by a truck in the terminal area, of less than 30 minutes for single moves, according to Ports America Chesapeake . After leaving the Port terminal, trucks take their freight to hundreds of nearby distribution centers, or head on their way via a network of five major interstate highways.

Even more improvements are on the horizon for the Port of Baltimore in years to come. Soon, work will ramp up on the Howard Street Tunnel project , which will enable the tunnel to accept double stacked containers traveling from the Port of Baltimore, providing the shortest double-stack rail route to the Midwest.

With supply chain problems that will, according to Moody’s Analytics, “likely get worse before they get better ,” the Port of Baltimore stands ready to be a partner in solving the world’s supply chain issues.

To see more about the improvements at the Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal, watch the video below.

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