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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Record 2012 cargo volume at Port of Baltimore

Overall cargo volume reached an all time high at the Port of Baltimore, which led the nation for handling autos and roll on/roll off cargo, according to a port statement.

The port's marine terminals moved 652,000 vehicles last year, surging 18 percent year over year. Roll on/roll off cargo, comprised of farm and construction machinery, increased 16 percent to 1.09 million tons. General cargo at the public terminals was 9.59 million tons, an increase of eight percent over 2011.

"The Port has successfully withstood a challenging economy and has outperformed many other major U.S. ports thanks to shrewd infrastructure investments, unique job-creating business partnerships, and long-term contracts with major international shipping companies," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Now with a new tentative national labor contract, a new 50-foot deep container berth with four supersized cranes, and healthy overall business growth, the future of the Port of Baltimore has never looked brighter."

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