Seagirt ceremonial opening delayed


Today's scheduled ceremonial opening of the Seagirt Marine Terminal has been postponed until tomorrow because of engine problems with the first ship that was to have docked there.

Mediterranean Shipping Co.'s ship, the Rafaela S., had planned on steaming from the Port of New York to Baltimore through the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, a shortcut that connects the Delaware and Chesapeake bays. It will instead make the trip around the Delmarva Peninsula and up the Chesapeake Bay, arriving at Baltimore late tonight.

"Because of the decreased engine capacity, they wanted to avoid the canal," said Jim Gring, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration.

The port administration began accepting cargo at the $250 million cargo-handling facility last week and had planned a ceremony for today to commemorate the arrival of the first ship. The ceremony has been tentatively re-scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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