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Baltimore port wins US$6.6m federal grant to deepen berth to 50ft


A project to deepen a second container berth to 50 feet at the Helen Delich Bentley port of Baltimore's Seagirt Marine Terminal will receive US$6.6 million in funding from the US Department of Transportation. The work is slated to begin in the second half of 2019 and take one year to complete.
The state of Maryland will contribute $7.8 million and ports America Chesapeake, which operates the Seagirt Marine Terminal for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), will add $18.4 million for a total project cost of $32.7 million, reported AJOT.
"Our administration is committed to expanding Maryland's transportation network and these projects will support thousands of new jobs and spur economic growth and development in every corner of our state," said Governor Larry Hogan.
A second 50-foot deep draft container berth will allow the port of Baltimore to handle two mega container ships simultaneously.
The port of Baltimore has achieved significant growth in its container business over the last few years. Last year, a record 596,972 containers were handled. Through October 2018, container throughput is five per cent ahead of last year's record level.

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