PORT OF BALTIMORE — The Evergreen Triton, with a capacity to handle 14,424 Twenty-foot Equivalent (TEU) containers, arrived Friday, May 24 at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore becoming the largest container ship to ever visit Maryland. The supersized ship was able to call the Port of Baltimore because of the Port’s infrastructure that allows it to handle some of the largest ships in the world.
“Thanks to Maryland’s investment in a 50-foot berth, every year we are seeing larger and larger container ships choosing the Port of Baltimore,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Maryland truly is open for business. The Port of Baltimore fuels the state’s economy and supports thousands of jobs throughout the freight industry.”
“It’s the length of four football fields and if stood on its end, it would soar 90 stories in the air,” said Baltimore District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“Evergreen Line’s Triton is the biggest ship ever to be berthed locally. It is able to stop at the Port of Baltimore as a result of significant infrastructure improvements, including the regular maintenance dredging of the multiple channels that go from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia into Baltimore Harbor to ensure continued safe navigation for vessels. Crews recently finished up the dredging of approximately 2.8 million cubic yards of material from shipping channels leading to the port as part of a contract managed by the Baltimore District. The channels were dredged to a depth of 51 feet plus one to two feet of allowable overdepth.”
Previously, the largest container ship to visit the Port of Baltimore was the 11,000-TEU container ship Gunde Maersk, which arrived at the Port of Baltimore in October. Thanks to a public-private partnership between the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and Ports America Chesapeake, the Port of Baltimore is one of the few ports on the East Coast to have a 50-foot deep channel and a 50-foot deep berth necessary to accommodate the mega-ships traveling through the recently expanded Panama Canal. Ports America Chesapeake operates Seagirt Marine Terminal, the Port’s container terminal.
“We are very happy to welcome our largest ever container ship, the Evergreen Triton,to the Port of Baltimore,” said MDOT Maryland Port Administration Executive Director James J. White. “Under Governor Hogan’s leadership, we are well positioned to continue to welcome ships of this size and make the necessary infrastructure improvements to grow our port and support Maryland being open for business.”
In December, MDOT MPA and Ports America Chesapeake announced a $32.7 million project to develop a second 50-foot-deep container berth at Seagirt Marine Terminal. When completed, this second berth will allow the Port of Baltimore to handle two supersized container ships simultaneously. Construction on the new berth is expected to commence by the end of 2019. The berth is expected to become operational by early 2021.
“We’re thrilled to see the TRITON here in Baltimore after coming through the expanded Panama Canal,” said Bayard Hogans, Vice President, Ports America Chesapeake.
The Port of Baltimore is one of Maryland’s top economic generators. The 2017 Economic Impact of the Port of Baltimore in Maryland report determined business at the Port of Baltimore generated about 15,330 direct jobs and more than 139,180 jobs linked to Port activities. The Port is responsible for nearly $3.3 billion in personal wages and salaries, $2.6 billion in business revenues, and $395 million in state and local tax revenues. The report also determined that the Port continues to deliver good-paying jobs with the Port’s average annual salary for the direct job holder being 9.5% higher than the average annual wage for the state of Maryland.