The Port of Baltimore has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 50-foot-deep berth and four super-post-Panamax container cranes at its Seagirt Marine Terminal.
The ceremony was led by Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley; Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore’s mayor; and private-sector partners from Highstar Capital and Ports America Chesapeake.
The project is an element of a larger public-private partnership agreement that will allow the port to accommodate larger ships. The new berth and cranes are part of the 50-year agreement between the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration and Highstar Capital’s Ports America Chesapeake to lease and operate the 200-acre terminal. Under the deal, Ports America Chesapeake has daily operational control of Seagirt, but the state continues to own the facility.
The cranes, which arrived at the port in June 2012 and became operational in January, each cost $10 million and are 400 feet tall with the boom fully raised. They can reach 22 containers across a ship and lift 187,500 pounds of cargo. The berth was completed in 2012, two years ahead of its original schedule.