The Seagirt Marine Terminal stands as a working monument to the innovative and progressive spirit of the Port of Baltimore.
Opened in 1990, Seagirt features the latest in cargo-handling equipment and systems. The design behind this high-tech facility stems from one simple principle: keep the cargo moving. Seagirt is operated by Ports America Chesapeake under a 50-year public-private partnership signed in 2010 with the MPA. Under the agreement, Ports America is constructing a new 50-foot container berth to be accompanied by four state-of-the-art super Post Panamax cranes. The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2012. At that point, the Port of Baltimore will be only the second East Coast port with both a 50-foot channel and a 50-foot berth, allowing it to accommodate some of the largest container ships in the world. For more information on this unique agreement, should click HERE.
High Tech Efficiency
The Seagirt computer system's electronic data interface capabilities automatically receive and send information to the terminal's steamship line customers. With just a few keystrokes, the carriers receive instantaneous information on the cargo and equipment, helping them generate timely reports that can boost their efficiency.
The $220-million terminal's seven 20-story, high-speed computerized cranes dominate the Port's skyline. In the hands of the Port's skilled International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) operators, these 100-foot gauge (30.5 m), post-Panamax cranes are among the most productive in the industry, averaging 35 containers an hour. Three of the cranes feature dual-hoist systems, which lift two containers simultaneously to expedite loading and discharge. Twelve rubber-tired gantry cranes, at $1.5 million each, help stack containers, thus allowing for more space on the terminal.
Capable of handling 450,000 containers a year, Seagirt's practical yard layout places the storage area directly behind the berths. Enhancing Seagirt's efficiency is the adjacent Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, which brings the railhead to within 1,000 feet of the bulkhead.
The Port's progressive labor-management approach complements Seagirt's advanced equipment, technology and systems to further its reputation as one of the nation's most
Seagirt Marine Terminal by the Numbers
Size: 284 acres (112 ha).
Berths: Two 1,028-ft. (313.3 m) container berths and one 1,071-ft. (326.4 m) berth; 45-ft. (13.7 m) drafts.
Cranes: Four single-hoist and three dual-hoist 50-ton (50.8 mt) post-Panamax container cranes; one 27.5-long-ton (27.9 mt) container crane at barge berth; 12 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs).
Outside Storage: 134 acres (48.5 ha).
Rail Access: Direct connection to the adjacent ICTF by CSXT.
Highway Access: Many of the major transportation arteries are within minutes of the Port's terminals. East/West corridors include I-70, and North/South corridors include I-81, I-83, I-95, I-97 and I-895.