Israeli shipping line to call on Port of Baltimore

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Israel-based ZIM Shipping Line will begin making calls at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.

The ocean carrier container company will run a new service, the Zim e-Commerce Baltimore express, from China and Southeast Asia to the East Coast of the United States. The service will operate biweekly with plans to operate weekly within a few months.

“ZIM’s new e-commerce centric service is outstanding news for the Port of Baltimore and our International Longshoremen’s Association labor force,” William P. Doyle, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration executive director, said. “ZIM is one of the top ocean carriers in the world, and we’re pleased to welcome them to Baltimore. With our additional ultra-large, Neo-Panamax cranes, our future double-stack rail capabilities, and an incredible network of regional distribution, fulfillment, and sorting centers, Baltimore is extremely well-positioned to continue growing our container business and serving as number one e-commerce port in the nation.”

Two other container services recently began operating at the Port of Baltimore. Maersk operates a Southeast Asia, Vietnam, and China service, and Mediterranean Shipping Co. operates an Indian Subcontinent and Mediterranean service.

In September, the port added four supersized, Neo-Panamax container cranes as part of Ports America Chesapeake’s $166 million investment at the Seagirt Marine Terminal.