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Maryland Transportation System Performance Dashboard 2016 Annual Attainment Report Highlights

Goal: Economic Prosperity 


  • Improve the movement of freight and support growth in the flow of goods within and through Maryland.
  • Facilitate opportunities for growth in jobs and business across the State.

Select a Measure:

What We Measure:

Annual tonnage of international cargo at Port of Baltimore for the calendar year (estimate*) and Maryland Port Administration terminals' annual general cargo tonnage  for the fiscal year.

Why We Measure:

Growth in cargo volume at the Port of Baltimore is an indicator of Maryland's increasing connectedness to the world economy, which in turn helps sustain and create more jobs and income for Maryland workers.

Performance Progress:

  • In FY 2015, MPA handled 9.7 million tons of general cargo, which is a new record, increasing 1.5% since FY 2014. MPA saw increases in container tonnage (7.2%), but decreases in automobiles in FY 2015. Roll-on / Roll-off (RoRo) fell 5.9% at MPA terminals due to weakness in the overseas markets. However, Baltimore remains the largest RoRo port in the USA
  • Between 2013 and 2014, general cargo at the Port has increased 3.1%, however bulk commodities, such as coal, sugar and petroleum, have dropped 6.2% since 2013, for a total decline of 3.2%. Coal and salt are making strong increases in 2015
  • In CY 2014, the Port handled 29.5 million tons of foreign cargo, at a value of over $52 billion. Overall, the Port is ranked ninth for the total dollar value of international cargo and 13th for foreign cargo tonnage for all U.S. ports
  • Recently, the Port was named the “top U.S. port for container berth productivity” by a leading industry media company
  • The Seagirt Marine Terminal, the Port’s primary container facility, include 11 cranes, four of which are Super Post-Panamax capable of handling the biggest ships in the world
  • The access channel to Seagirt marine terminal was widened in early FY 2016 to allow for the safe transit of the next generation of larger container ships

Future Strategies:

  • Continue the Quality Cargo Handling Action Team (Q-CHAT) and encourage existing auto processors and RoRo customers to increase cargo volumes, efficiency and throughputs by working with them to identify new opportunities and promote the Port. Develop new Dundalk gate security Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) procedures to increase volumes of Previously Owned Vehicles (POVs)
  • Continue to work with P3 partner, Ports America Chesapeake (PAC), to attract additional containerized cargo to the Port. Attract a new container ocean carrier, and a new service to the Port from an existing container carrier. Work with state and regional economic development offices to locate sites to attract new distribution centers to Maryland
  • Take advantage of the larger set of locks due to be opened in Panama in 2016, which will benefit the container and coal ships transiting the Port
  • Continue rail and terminal improvements to facilitate heavy lift cargoes and expansion of project cargo, and target auto and machinery manufacturers to provide long-term contracts
  • Coordinate roadway permit issues with the City of Baltimore, MDTA and SHA to facilitate cargo movement and positive community relations
  • Continue working to retain existing forest product customers. Facilitate efforts to maintain market share and volumes during current global economic downturn.  Try to find new tenants/customers to use available shed space
  • Continue to work with all stakeholders to develop the Duke property and Sparrows Point as distribution centers
  • Continue to work with MDOT and CSX to enable high-cubed, double stack train access to/from Seagirt and Dundalk terminals ($60.2 million in the FY 2016–FY 2021 CTP for reconstruction of Berths 1 – 6 at Dundalk Marine Terminal)
  • Acquire and/or develop new land (i.e. Wet Basin, Mestek, Fruit Slip, etc.) to allow for more automobile cargo growth
  • Preserve infrastructure to maintain cargo volumes