Volume decline spurs Baltimore terminal to close for two days
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Source: American Shipper
Maryland port’s Seagirt Marine Terminal will not move cargo Monday and Tuesday
The Seagirt Marine Terminal at the Port of Baltimore will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
Ports America Chesapeake operates the Seagirt Marine Terminal, which the Maryland Port Administration said would be closed because of “current declines in international container volumes.”
Seagirt handles the port’s container business, and Ports America Chesapeake tweeted Tuesday, “Food, goods, medical supplies, and medicine are continuing to come through Seagirt Marine Terminal each day, keeping distribution center inventories strong.”
Seagirt also was closed March 5 and 17 because of declining volume. The manufacturing shutdown in China caused by the coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted ports throughout the country.
The port administration said Baltimore’s five other public marine terminals — Dundalk, Fairfield, Masonville, North Locust Point and South Locust Point — continue to operate normally.
“The Port of Baltimore is open for business. The other five terminals that carry farm and construction equipment, cars/light trucks, paper products and breakbulk cargo, such as transit vehicles and yachts, will continue to operate regular hours,” Richard Scher, director of communications for the Maryland Port Administration, said in an email to American Shipper.
Seagirt gate hours this coming week will be 6 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. On April 6, gate hours will go back to 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
“This reduction of one hour and 15 minutes in operating hours only impacts Seagirt,” Scher noted.
Ports America Chesapeake operates Seagirt Marine Terminals under a public-private partnership with the Maryland Port Administration.
The Port of Baltimore handled a record 43.6 million tons of cargo in 2019.