Big-ship-serving Port of Baltimore looks beyond gates for more progress

By: | Issue #654 | at 08:00 AM | Channel(s): Ports & Terminals  Ports  

Big-ship-serving Port of Baltimore looks beyond gates for more progress

Already offering 50-foot depths along its channel and highly productive berths, the Port of Baltimore is looking to advances beyond its gates to help it further benefit from its propitious position as the closest containerport to Midwest markets.

One of the two off-port developments seen as promising the greatest benefits is less than 10 miles northwest of the Port of Baltimore’s container terminal, while the other, oddly enough, is nearly 200 miles to the northeast.

The nearby project entails increasing the clearance of the Howard Street Tunnel beneath downtown Baltimore, while the faraway one, also a clearance endeavor, involves the raising of the roadbed of the bridge between Bayonne, New Jersey, and New York City’s Staten Island.

The two undertakings were pinpointed by Richard Scher, the Maryland Port Administration’s director of communications, in conversations with the American Journal of Transportation.

Scher said making the antiquated tunnel capable of accommodating CSX trains with double-stacked containers “would be quite a game-changer for us,” while, he said, the just-raised Bayonne Bridge roadbed should translate to even more calls for Baltimore on mega-containership rotations that include Port of New York & New Jersey terminals now accessible to the extra-big boxships.

First, the tunnel – a structure considered innovative when it was built in the 1890s. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“That’s obviously a very key project for us,” Scher said, noting that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has become heavily engaged in securing tunnel retrofit funding while the Maryland Department of Transportation is working with CSX on the best solution…


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A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, with a master’s magna cum laude from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Abbott has served as president of chapters of the Propeller Club of the United States, Florida Public Relations Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

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