Seagirt rolls out late-night strategy

October 08, 1994|By Suzanne Wooton | Suzanne Wooton,Sun Staff Writer

The port of Baltimore is extending hours of gate operation for truckers at Seagirt Marine Terminal, making it the only terminal on the East Coast to keep its gates open to midnight, according to port officials.

Under an agreement reached with the International Longshoremen's Association, the operating hours at the state's ultra-modern terminal will be extended by six hours, from 7 a.m. to midnight, rather than closing at 6 p.m.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer noted in a statement Thursday that the extra hours mean that truckers using Seagirt will have time to deliver or pick up their containers at the end of the workday. This will make it more convenient for them and result in faster turnaround times for other truckers the following morning, the governor said.

Opened in 1990, Seagirt is one of the world's most modern container facilities, with seven high-speed cranes.

Port officials also announced this week that general cargo through the port of Baltimore increased 18.4 percent during the first six months of 1994. At that pace, the cargo will exceed 6 million tons this year, the best year since 1988, according to Michael P. Angelos, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, which oversees operation of the state's five public terminals. The jump in cargo also gave the state agency its third straight profitable year. The MPA earned $3.3 million during the year ending June 30.

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