A big shipping container company signed on at the Port of Baltimore Friday, and Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley used the opportunity to further laud the importance of public-private partnerships in Maryland.
Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd, the fifth-largest container shipping company in the world, is starting weekly service to the Port, a Maryland Port Administration statement said.
The new business could create as many as 600 jobs in Maryland and – according to Swaim-Staley — is thanks to a partnership the state entered into with Ports America Chesapeake, which runs day-to-day operations at the Seagirt Marine Terminal.
The company is also constructing a 50-foot berth to capitalize on the Panama Canal expansion, the statement said, and the improvement was a key factor in luring Hapag-Lloyd.
The timing couldn’t have been better for Swaim-Staley and Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is championing legislation that would create rules to govern public-private partnerships, like the one at Seagirt.
“The Seagirt port has been a national model in how to do public-private partnerships,” Swaim-Staley said in a Environmental Matters Committee hearing on the legislation Friday afternoon.