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World's largest container cranes come to Baltimore port
Earlier this month, the Port of Baltimore
took delivery of four “super post-panamax” cranes, which will be installed at a newly constructed 50-foot container berth at the Seagirt Marine Terminal.
The 400-foot-tall cranes, which are considered the largest of their kind in the maritime industry, can reach 22 containers across on a container ship and lift 187,300 pounds of cargo, port officials said in a prepared statement. The Seagirt Marine Terminal currently operates seven “post-panamax” cranes that can reach 18 containers across a ship. The electric super-post panama cranes will be installed and operational by September, port officials said.
The port completed construction on its new 50-foot container berth earlier this year, making the Baltimore facility one of two East Coast ports to feature a 50-foot berth and 50-foot channel — key factors in attracting the world’s largest container ships, they said.
The new cranes and 50-foot berth are key elements of a 50-year agreement between the Maryland Port Administration and Ports America Chesapeake that was signed in 2010. Under the pact, Ports America handles daily operations at the 200-acre Seagirt Marine Terminal and provides funds for necessary infrastructure improvements, including the new berth and cranes.
The port is served by CSX Transportation
and Norfolk Southern Railway
, while Canton Railroad Co.
provides switching services.
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