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Baltimore is one of only two Eastern U.S. ports where the main shipping channel reaches a depth of 50 feet (15.2 meters). Five public and twelve private terminals handle the Port's traffic. Closer to the Midwest than any other East Coast port, the Port in Baltimore City is within an overnight drive of one-third of the nation's population.

The Port of Baltimore has a vital role in Maryland's economic development, generating $1.5 billion in annual revenue and supporting 33,700 jobs. It serves over 50 ocean carriers making nearly 1,800 annual visits. The Port's container capacity increased by 50% with the opening in 1990 of Seagirt Marine Terminal, a 275-acre center for automated cargo-handling. General cargo moving through the Port of in 2002 amounted to 38,800,000 short tons (23,600,000 foreign; 15,200,000 domestic). Foreign cargo increased by 7% over the previous year.

On June 1, 2006, the Governor named the State's public marine terminals the "Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore."

In 2003, all major cargo categories - containers; automobiles, steel, farm and construction equipment, wood pulp, and other breakbulk commodities; and project cargoes, such as prefabricated buildings - recorded strong growth. Containerized cargo exports totaled 1.1 million short tons, and imports totaled 3.6 million short tons.

The center of international commerce for the region is the World Trade Center Baltimore. It houses the Maryland Port Administration and U.S. headquarters for several major shipping lines.

Chief Exports: coal, corn, soybeans, lignite, coal coke, petroleum, and fuel oils.

Chief Imports: automobiles and small trucks, iron ore, petroleum products, gypsum, sugar, cement, bauxite, salt, crude mineral substances, fertilizer and fertilizer materials, and ferroalloys. Baltimore also continues to grow as a major distributor of imported wood pulp and paper.

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Md. wins millions for port security

The port of Baltimore and Maryland waterways won $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the largest one-time pot of money the state has received in six rounds of funding for maritime security. The money is part of $168 million awarded to 51 ports identified by the U.S. Coast Guard as the nation's most critical seaports after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


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Dubai grinds toward port sale

Five to eight firms participating in final round of bidding

By Meredith Cohn

Sun reporter

Originally published October 7, 2006

It has been six months since a Dubai company said it would sell its stake in U.S. ports to appease lawmakers in Washington, but Dubai Ports World says it may need another month or more to identify a buyer.

In a recent letter to members of Congress, a company official said it had five to eight firms participating in a second, and final, round of bidding for contracts in Baltimore, New York and close to two dozen other ports. That round is getting under way.


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Port Of Baltimore Included In New Security Bill

Peggy Lee


(WJZ/AP) President Bush signed a law Friday to deter terrorists from smuggling weapons into the United States inside the 11 million shipping containers that enter the country from foreign ports each year.


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Port of Baltimore nabs contract to handle about 31,000 Subaru exports

BALTIMORE - Cars are coming to the Port of Baltimore in droves.

The 300-year-old port recently snagged Subaru from the port in Newport News, Va. Add to that the recent addition of Porsche, and the Port of Baltimore maintains its status as No. 2 among East Coast ports for automotive exports.


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Dubai Ports sells U.S. operations

Planned takeover by UAE company had caused political uproar

By Devlin Barrett

The Associated Press

Originally published December 11, 2006, 2:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON // Dubai Ports World, the company whose planned takeover of major U.S. port operations ignited a political firestorm earlier this year, has agreed to sell those operations to AIG Global Investment Group.


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State of the Port of Baltimore

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Joseph R. Hughes, The Examiner

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Jan 25, 2007 3:00 AM (21 hrs ago)

Current rank: # 916 of 17,886 articles

BALTIMORE - The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has never been stronger.

The port ranks first nationally for roll-on/roll-off cargo, second in automobile importing and exporting, and second again in imported forest products.

Recently, the U.S. Census Foreign Trade Division reported its national cargo rankings for 2005. The total value of cargo moving through Baltimore was the highest in port history at $35.8 billion, marking only the second time in the port

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