Hoffberger Holdings has plans to expand its distribution center at the Port of Baltimore.
The facility is operated by Hoffberger’s refrigerated warehousing subsidiary MTC Logistics under its transportation division, MLogistics. It is located at the Chesapeake Commerce Center, adjacent to the Seagirt Marine Terminal.
F. Brooks Royster III, MTC Logistics’ president, said the strategic position of the distribution center has allowed the company to continue to expand its international service offerings. He explained that the expansion will help meet demand for refrigerated cargo services in the Mid-Atlantic region following the opening of the Panama Canal in mid-2015, as well as any demand from the possible P3 Network, which has not yet been approved by regulators in the U.S., European Union and China.
“Due to the Port of Baltimore being one of only two ports on the East Coast able to accept the newly defined Panamax vessels, we needed to be ready for the additional business,” Royster said in a written statement. “Additionally, the recently announced P3 Alliance of Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM will continue to accelerate the expansion of the Port of Baltimore.”
The P3 carriers, which plan to implement 28 loops in their alliance across major east-west trade lanes, have included port calls at Baltimore in three loops. The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has announced a summit of regulators later this month to consider the carriers’ proposals.
When completed, the facility will exceed 9 million cubic feet and offer about 32,000 racked pallet positions. ARCO Design/Build of Atlanta, which is responsible for design and construction of Phase I, has also been contracted to design and construct Phase II, which will encompass 5 million cubic feet of temperature controlled space with more than 15,000 specialized rack positions. The expansion is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2014.
“If all goes as planned, we will be operational in time to meet next year’s busy holiday season,” Royster said.
With the expansion, MTC Logistics will operate three distribution centers with 20,000,000 cubic feet of refrigerated and frozen space, serving the ports of Baltimore; Philadelphia; and Wilmington, Del.