Cargo handling at port leading to banner year

August 11, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Cargo handled at the port of Baltimore's public terminals increased 18.4 percent during the first half of the year, continuing to grow at a pace that would make this year the port's best since 1988.

General cargo at the five state-owned terminals in Baltimore jumped from 2.68 million short tons handled in the first half of 1993 to 3.17 million short tons during the same period in 1994, according to a report yesterday by the Maryland Port Administration. A short ton is 2,000 pounds.

Port officials predict the state-owned terminals will handle more than 6 million short tons of general cargo this year, compared to 6.2 million short tons in 1988.

The six-month figures reflected a 32 percent increase in imports from 1.41 million short tons to 1.87 million. An influx of imported steel accounted for much of the growth, with an improved U.S. economy creating heavier demand for steel.

Export tonnage rose 3.1 percent to 1.3 million short tons.

Michael P. Angelos, executive director of the port administration, said seven new steamship lines have begun calling at the port this year and existing lines are routing additional cargo. "We are delivering on our pledge of providing first-class facilities, total quality service and cost-efficient operations," he said.

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