Gov. William Donald Schaefer today announced that Wallenius Lines plan to expand its service at the Port of Baltimore by 50 percent.
One of the world's leading vehicle carriers, Wallenius has added the ship Pacific Breeze to its transatlantic service and expects to add the Atlantic Breeze to service in June. The additional ships increase the number of vessels in the transatlantic service from four to six.
"Wallenius' decision to expand is proof positive that our increased efforts are working to produce an economic upturn at the port," Schaefer said.
The Swedish ship line has called at the Port of Baltimore for 30 years. Last year, the line called at the port almost twice a week as it delivered more than 145,000 vehicles.
The company operates a fleet of 27 roll on/roll off vessels and expects to carry a million vehicles in its various services this year. "We are pleased with Wallenius' decision to increase its commitment to our port," said O. James Lighthizer, Maryland Secretary of Transportation and chairman of the Maryland Port Commission. "We are working hard to build a strong team of labor, the state and the private sector to promote the port. Wallenius' commitment is a testimony to that team effort."