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WWL Extends Baltimore Contract

Norwegian transport firm Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has signed a 30-year contract to continue to provide transport services for the Port of Baltimore.

WWL is the port’s largest roll-on, roll-off customer, and handles a range of vehicle cargoes such as cars and dump trucks as well as heavy farm and construction machinery such as harvesters, combines and excavators.

The extension of WWL’s existing contract was signed by the Maryland Port Administration, a department of Maryland Department of Transportation, which operates the port.

“This new contract, tying WWL’s success to that of the Port of Baltimore for the next three decades, will support nearly 1,000 jobs here in Maryland and is a ringing endorsement of the strength and importance of this partnership,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said.

Figures from the port authority suggest that WWL handled a record 792,000 cars via the port last year, making it the largest ro-ro facility in the country. This equated to more than 861,000 tons of ro-ro equipment.

The port’s public marine terminals are a major destination for international cargo and Baltimore is ranked 13th in terms of cargo tonnage handled at U.S. ports. Shipments are primarily focused on automobiles and light trucks, farm and construction machinery, imported forest products, imported sugar and imported aluminum.