After a string of bad-news announcements, the Port of Baltimore finally received some uplifting news last month: A giant corporation in the shipping world has decided to reestablish ties to Baltimore. If the Hong Kong line, Orient Overseas Container Line, likes what it sees (and it should) Baltimore could wind up with oodles of new containership business.
Cargo at the ultra-modern Seagirt Marine Terminal should rise 20 percent because of OOCL's weekly ship arrival. And discussions with longshoremen's unions and officials of the bay pilots association could ensure a remarkably smooth -- and cost-effective -- stay in Baltimore.
Finally, a new steamship line has discovered the vast potential of the state-of-the-art Seagirt facility, which can move container cargo at high speed on and off ships and nearby trucks and rail cars. Seagirt is tailor-made for high-volume steamship lines such as OOCL and the company's decision to bring its business back to Baltimore could influence other competitors to follow its lead.