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Port of Baltimore sets another monthly record

The Port of Baltimore broke the monthly cargo record it set in April, thanks to big July gains in roll on/roll off cargo and automobiles.

Almost 854,000 tons of general cargo was handled at the port’s public marine terminals in July, the port said Wednesday. More than 852,000 tons was moved in April.

General cargo was up 24 percent when compared to June, and is up 11 percent when compared with this point last year. Roll on/roll off cargo, or ro-ro, which includes farm and construction equipment, was up 32 percent in July, and automobiles were up 22 percent.

The port is on pace to break the all-time tonnage record set before the worst of the nationwide economic recession.

The public marine terminals handled a record 4.83 million tons of general cargo in the first six months of 2012, breaking the 2008 first-half record.

The full-year record is 8.96 million tons, also set in 2008. The public terminals are on pace to shatter that record.

In a statement, Gov. Martin O’Malley praised the port’s recovery.

“We have one of the best cargo ports in the nation, and that’s good news for jobs and good news for strengthening and growing our economy,” O’Malley said.