Officials at the port of Baltimore will convene in Fairfield on Tuesday morning to open a new $22 million berth for automobile shipments.
The new berth at the Masonville/Fairfield Marine Terminal replaces an older one that had been in operation for more than 70 years, said the Maryland Port Administration, which paid for the project.
It is 300 feet longer and 20 feet wider than the one it replaces, and is equipped with rail access, the MPA said. Officials with international shipping carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the port's largest automobile and roll-on, roll-off customer, will also be on hand for the opening.
The old berth remains in service for now. It will eventually be renovated and put back into service, giving the terminal two working auto berths, said Richard Scher, a MPA spokesman.
The port of Baltimore handles more automobiles than any other port in the nation. The new berth is the latest local sign of ongoing growth in the sector.
Last month, the port announced a separate, extended five-year deal to continue bringing an estimated $2.5 billion worth of BMWs to the port, also in partnership with Wallenius.