“I want to thank our congressional delegation for all of their hard work to secure these federal dollars for one of our state’s greatest economic engines, the Port of Baltimore,” said Governor O’Malley. “These dollars will allow us to continue to grow our busy cargo business while also maintaining and growing good-paying, family-supporting, blue collar jobs.”
The bulkheads at the Fairfield Marine Terminal’s basin are antiquated and at more than 60 years old, at the end of their useful life. The dredged material that will fill the basin will come from the 50-foot deep channel leading to the Seagirt Marine Terminal. While the channel is currently deep enough to accommodate supersized container vessels, there are portions of the channel that need to be widened to allow for easier access for larger ships. That material will fill the basin, creating additional cargo lay-down land. Rail access will also be added to Fairfield, enhancing the efficiency of handling autos and roll on/roll off equipment (farm and construction machinery) which are the primary commodities of that terminal. The Port of Baltimore currently ranks first among all U.S. ports for handling autos and roll on/roll off machinery.
The Port of Baltimore’s application for TIGER funding was among 568 national applications requesting more than nine billion dollars. The total estimate for the project is $29 million. The Maryland Department of Transportation has agreed to fund the other $19 million.