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Port cargo numbers ahead of 2011 record

With the first three quarters of 2012 in the ledger, the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore appears poised to top several of last year's cargo records.

Officials said that through the first nine months, the port's public and private terminals processed 30 million tons of general and bulk cargo volume, up 6 percent over the same period last year. The increase was led by autos, containerized goods, forest products and farm and construction equipment, which taken together amounted to 7.21 million tons, a 10 percent increase.

The numbers for the final quarter of 2012 will get an unexpected boost in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, when about 3,000 containers and 8,100 cars were diverted to Baltimore while the Port of New York/New Jersy was down.

Through the third quarter, the total value of cargo was up 10 percent over last year's record of $51 million.

— Candy Thomson

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