PortandTerminal.com, March 13, 2020
Container terminal reducing operating hours. Cruise terminal shutting completely.
BALTIMORE, MD – The port of Baltimore’s container terminal will reduce its operating hours next week because of declines in incoming cargo due to the international coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday. The cruise terminal will be shut completely.
“Our hope is these actions are short-lived, but the disruptions in the global supply chain as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak are significant and unprecedented,” the company said in a memo Thursday to port stakeholders obtained Friday by The Baltimore Sun.
In addition to reducing hours at the container terminal, Gov. Larry Hogan has announced that the cruise terminal at Baltimore will be closed.
The Port of Baltimore has said that the only exceptions to the order to shut the cruise port are to allow the @CarnivalCruise Pride & @RoyalCaribbean Grandeur of the Seas, which are due to return to port in the coming days, to disembark. This is provided that “no person on board such vessel has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19.”
The limited hours at the Baltimore container terminal are a result of “a reduction in volumes from disruptions in the global supply chain,” the port administration said in a statement. The agency noted that the hours reduction is scheduled to go into effect only at Seagirt and not at the other five public marine terminals.
The Maryland Port Administration has not provided an estimate of how much the global outbreak will affect the port of Baltimore’s cargo volumes.
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