Port may benefit from lines' plan to cooperate

December 17, 1991|By John H. Gormley Jr.

An article in yesterday's Business section used an incorrect shipping route to show how the port of Baltimore would benefit from a new agreement between Maersk Line and American Transport Lines Inc.

The article should have said cargo originating in South America and bound for Northern Europe would be unloaded from an AmTrans ship in Baltimore and reloaded onto a Maersk vessel here.

+ The Sun Regrets the errors.

Maersk Line and Crowley Maritime Corp. have reached an agreement that will make Baltimore a hub for cargo moved jointly the two lines.


Under the agreement, Maersk will be able to serve South America via American Transport Lines Inc., a Crowley subsidiary whose ships call at ports in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. Crowley, in turn, will be able to connect its South American service with Maersk service to Northern Europe, the Far East, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

The new connection is expected to be in place Jan. 1.

Baltimore will be one of two hubs connecting the Maersk and AmTrans services. For example, cargo coming from Northern Europe or the Middle East and bound for South America will be unloaded from a Maersk ship in Baltimore and transferred to an AmTrans vessel.

This deal has growth potential for Baltimore since it allows the port to capture transfer cargo that would not normally be loaded or unloaded here.

Richard A. Simpson, vice president of marketing for Crowley Maritime, said that it was too early to say how much cargo would come to Baltimore as a result of the agreement.

David L. Bindler, Maersk's regional director in Baltimore, said he was hopeful the impact could be significant. "It's good for Baltimore," he said. "We're going to pursue it pretty heavily."

The agreement does not specify how much space will be allotted on each line's ships for jointly handled cargo, Mr. Bindler said, calling the arrangement "open-ended."

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