The number of ships calling at the port of Baltimore declined by almost 6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, according to statistics compiled by the Baltimore Maritime Exchange.
In November, 195 ships called at the port, 5.8 percent fewer than the 207 in November 1989. For the first 11 months of the year, 2,117 ships called, a 7.2 percent decline from the 2,281 that called during the same period a year ago.
Baltimore's principal competitor, the ports of Hampton Roads, Va., reported an 8.6 percent increase in November, as 265 ships called compared with 244 in November 1989. For the 11 months, calls in Virginia were up by 22 vessels, an increase of less than 1 percent over the 2,730 vessels that called during the first 11 months of 1989.
New York, another important competitor, reported declines similar to Baltimore's. In November, ship calls in New York fell to 358, a 4.8 percent decline from the 376 calls in November 1989. For the 11-month period, ship calls in New York fell from 4,487 to 4,319.