Danish liner Maersk Line is returning to the Port of Baltimore after almost twenty years, Lt. Governor of Maryland, Boyd K. Rutherford, announced on Wednesday at the port.
As agreed, Maersk Line will bring three ships to the port on a weekly basis from the Far East, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.
“This is a great day for Maryland and Maersk. It represents the launch of an important partnership between the state and the industry leader Maersk. Our great port is a critical economic asset for Maryland and today reaffirms that,” Rutherford said while announcing the partnership renewal.
Maersk’s return to the port is set to boost the port’s container traffic and follows the return of French carrier CMA CGM to the port that was announced in May this year.
The port is now home to top four container shipping lines in the world.
According to the Port of Baltimore’s administrator Jim White, the port is ready for big ships which are expected to call at the port in growing numbers, especially following the opening of the expanded Panama Canal.
The port’s Seagirt Marine Terminal has 11 cranes, four of which are supersized and can handle the ever bigger boxships. The port boasts 50-foot deep channels, making it one of the few ports on the East Coast that can accommodate these giants of the seas.
World Maritime News Staff