The Port of Baltimore saw a record amount of container traffic in January, processing 37,694 containers – a 20 percent increase. Cargo as a whole increased 14 percent with a record-high 923,030 tons. From the Baltimore Sun:
In a statement, Gov. Larry Hogan attributed the growth to the huge container ships from Asia that can now reach the East Coast through the expanded Panama Canal, which opened last year. Baltimore welcomed its first “post-Panamax” container ship last summer.
“As one of only four East Coast ports that have the infrastructure to handle the new mega-ships, the Port continues to demonstrate that Maryland is indeed Open for Business,” the governor said.