13 January 16

Ports America to manage on-dock rail at Seagirt

Ports America and CSX Intermodal Terminals have announced an agreement for Ports America to take over the on-dock rail operation at the Seagirt terminal in Baltimore.

The new agreement transfers operational responsibility for the intermodal container service at the port from CSX Intermodal Terminals to Ports America Chesapeake, “consolidating management of the operation and enhancing service through Ports America’s on-dock handling and operational expertise” the parties said in a statement. The agreement will “immediately enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Baltimore and position it to capture additional freight business through more efficient service” they added.
“With the expansion of the Panama Canal, we see tremendous growth opportunities at the Port of Baltimore,” said Ports America CEO and President Michael Hassing. “Having direct on-dock access to rail service is a significant competitive differentiator for the Port of Baltimore, enhancing its attractiveness as one of only three East Coast ports equipped to handle super-post-Panamax ships, which will expand our ability to attract new freight.”
“CSX remains committed to working with the port, the state and the city to support the continued growth of intermodal freight movements and to connect Maryland businesses and consumers to new markets in the Midwest and the south via CSX’s extensive rail network,” said CSX Intermodal Terminals President Wilby Whitt. “Our agreement with Ports America will ensure that the port’s needs are continually met today and in the future.”
Ports America took over Seagirt in 2010 under a public private partnership. The terminal now features a berth with 50ft draught and four super post panamax cranes. On-dock rail is a further improvement, eliminating the need to move rail operations to a new off-dock facility.
Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration Jim White stated, “This agreement between CSX and Ports America Chesapeake is the first step in creating a business model that will work long term. It provides the frequency needed and its on-dock where it belongs. This also will help us become more competitive with attracting discretionary cargo destined for the Midwest.”
Source: World Cargo News