Port's public terminals set new traffic records

The Port of Baltimore's public terminals set new marks last year in the handling of vehicles, containers and wood pulp while also posting a strong showing in the areas of general cargo and farm and construction machinery.

The figures, released Thursday, indicate that the port has rebounded from the economic slump, Gov. Martin O'Malley said.

Port workers processed 612,480 auto imports and exports in 2011 and more than a half-million tons of wood pulp, both records. Container traffic was up 4 percent from 2010, and roll-on/roll-off volume increased 51 percent.

"The port continues to recover from the challenging world economic conditions and position itself in a very good light moving forward," the governor said in a statement.


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