Friday, May 3, 2013
The Sparrows Point advisory group stresses most of the jobs are at least 10 years away from reality.
A partnership created by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, in unveiling its vision for the future of the industrial Sparows Point peninsula, says an expansion of the Port of Baltimore could bring more than 10,000 jobs back to the area. The Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group established by the county after the former RG Steel mill closed in May 2012, announced its proposal at a press conference Friday. Chaired by Dan Gunderson, executive director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, the partnership includes representatives from the Port of Baltimore and commercial, real estate, manufacturing, logistics and distribution entities in the region. The committee identified four major area of …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The foreign bug was discovered April 8 in a shipment of ceramic tile from Italy.
The spring of 2013 seems to be the season of bugs. Residents are being warned about a brood of cicadas about ready to burst forth from the ground and hibernating brown marmorated stinkbugs are beginning to stir. But thanks to the diligence of Port of Baltimore inspectors, a new species of stinkbug has been intercepted. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists recently discovered the bug while inspecting a shipment of ceramic tile, according to a statement from Baltimore's Customs and Border Protection office. Inspectors found the bug, a type of stinkbug known by the scientific name of Sciocoris sideritidis, while inspecting the shipment from Italy on April 8. The interloper was discovered after a container from a ship …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The port's public marine terminals set records in the number of automobiles, shipping containers and roll-on/roll-off cargo.
The Port of Baltimore's public marine terminals enjoyed a record-setting year in 2012, with dock workers handling their highest numbers ever in automobiles, shipping containers and roll-on/roll-off cargo (farm and construction machinery and equipment), according to a statement issued by port authorities. In addition to setting local records, the port's numbers in autos and roll-on/roll-off cargo were tops among the nation's ports. Overall general cargo handled also reached an all-time high, post officials said. In total, the port's public and private marine terminals handled 36.8 million tons of cargo last year. The total value of that cargo—$54 billion—placed the Baltimore port ninth nationally for dollar value of foreign cargo handled, …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
With nearly 241,000 passengers sailing out of Baltimore on 100 cruises, 2012 was the second-busiest since year-round cruise scheduling began in 2009.
The Port of Baltimore continues to be a popular launching place for passenger cruises, according to numbers released recently by port officials. In 2012, 240,676 people sailed on 100 cruises that originated at the port, according to a statement from port officials. Those numbers add up to the second-highest total passenger for one calendar year, surpassed only by the 251,889 passengers that sailed out of Baltimore in 2011 on 105 cruises. “Since beginning a year-round cruising schedule in 2009, the Port of Baltimore has continued to make waves as one of the hottest cruise ports in the U.S.,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in the prepared statement. “The port’s cruise business is a major economic generator for our state, bringing in tens of …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
A "major sticking point" in contract negotiations is worked out.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Port officials want to build a dredge containment facility, "supercargo" shipping terminal.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A question asked and an effort beyond regular duties results in a different angle from which to cover a story.
I'm a big fan of the philosophy of "you won't know unless you ask." On Tuesday, I was doing some advance coverage of Wednesday's shipment of cargo cranes to the Seagirt Marine Terminal—an action that would temporarily close the Bay and Key bridges to traffic. The m/v Zhen Hua 13, sitting low in the water and loaded with four, 14-story, state-of-the-art cargo cranes, was scheduled to arrive at Seagirt late Wednesday afternoon. Members of the media were invited to the marine terminal to get the story, and were also encouraged to gather at Sandy Point State Park to shoot photos as the ship passed under the Bay Bridge. Because the Maryland Transportation Authority officials made the decision to close the spans, I thought I'd call them to see …
Four state-of-the-art "massive" cargo cranes will position the Port of Baltimore to conduct business with the world's largest container ships.
A container ship carrying four huge cargo cranes into the Port of Baltimore on June 20 had all the allure of opening night of the summer's big blockbuster movie. Spectators crowded every place they knew that would afford a good vantage point to watch the state-of-the-art cranes as the ship, the m/v Zhen Hua 13, slowly and adeptly maneuvered them first under the Bay Bridge and then the Francis Scott Key Bridge en route to the Seagirt Marine Terminal. While spectators were busy snapping photographs and shooting video of the ship's unusual cargo, the port was ushering in a technology that will give it a competitive edge over most other ports and allow it to do business with the world's largest container ships. "These cranes represent the …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
If you were stuck in Key Bridge traffic today between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m., here's the reason why.
The m/v Zhen Hua 13, carrying four, 14-story cranes headed to the Seagirt Marine Terminal, successfully passed under the Francis Scott Key Bridge at about 4:50 p.m. today. Though it was anticipated that the ship had about four feet of clearance under the span, Maryland Transportation Authority officials decided to close the bridge to traffic to eliminate the chance of drivers getting distracted and causing crashes. Stay with Patch for the complete story.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The task force formed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will meet June 21 at the Maryland Port Administration headquarters.
The Sparrows Point Partnership will hold its first meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 21, at the Maryland Port Administration headquarters in downtown Baltimore, according to a statement from Baltimore County officials. The recently formed task force has been charged by County Executive Kevin Kamentz with studying the growth potential of the Port of Baltimore and advising county officials on business opportunities for industrially zoned properties on the Sparrows Point peninsula closest to the Seagirt Marine Terminal. The meeting, to be held in the 20th floor conference room at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., is open to the public.