The public marine terminals at the Port of Baltimore, long the city’s economic engine, posted a record handling year in 2012 in targeted commodities, including automobiles, containers, and farm and construction machinery. The port supports about 14,000 direct jobs.
The number of automobiles and roll on/roll cargo (farm and construction machinery) handled at the port were the highest amounts in the U.S, according to a press release from the Maryland Port Administration (MPA).
Baltimore magazine wrote about history of the Port of Baltimore and its economic turnaround in August 2012.
“In total, the port’s public and private marine terminals saw 36.8 million tons of cargo cross their docks last year. The total dollar value of that amount of cargo was a record $54 billion, which placed Baltimore ninth nationally for dollar value of foreign cargo,” the MPA said.
"Now with a new tentative national labor contract, a new 50-foot deep container berth with four supersized cranes, and healthy overall business growth, the future of the Port of Baltimore has never looked brighter," said Gov. Martin O'Malley in a...