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Baltimore Digs Out Of Container Backlog Caused By Docker Shortage

SDI Logistics Co.,Ltd | Updated: Aug 19, 2017

Gate-to-gate turn times at the Port of Baltimore have yet to return to normal despite Ports America Chesapeake claims to the contrary, say shippers.

As of last week Seagirt Marine Terminal was still dealing with the after-effects of a labour shortage that began a month ago, reported American Shipper.

"These shortages, combined with the prior four-day work week, resulted in increased inventory levels that impacted our service levels," said terminal operator Ports America Chesapeake.

Gate-to-gate turn times still hadn't "completely" returned to normal, although Ports America stated in a letter to customers that they were "returning to historic norms".

"We successfully resolved the labour shortage and added additional container handling equipment to our fleet," the company revealed, adding that it's making several other changes to help gate turn times and improve the delivery process.

Ports America Chesapeake, which in 2009 signed a 50-year lease to operate the Seagirt terminal, also said that it would add five additional inbound truck lanes at the Vail Street entrance this fall and six new rubber-tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) to its fleet in January.