Since completion of the Baltimore Harbor Anchorages and Channels (BHAC) Study (1998), which resulted in the construction of significant navigation improvements to Baltimore Harbor anchorages and access channels, the future with project conditions projected in the study have significantly changed as a result of worldwide fleet shifts towards these larger container vessels.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Maryland Port Administration (MPA), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), are conducting a feasibility study to determine the advisability of modifications to the BHAC, including for the Seagirt Loop channels that serve the Seagirt Marine Terminal, the destination for a majority of container traffic in the Port. The objective of the study is to identify one or more solutions that can safely accommodate the projected increase in post-Panamax vessels calling at the Port.
The overall goal of the study is to affirm, reformulate, or modify the BHAC authority by recommending actions that meet the changed current and future conditions at Baltimore Harbor and the Port facilities. The study objectives are to develop solutions that:
- Decrease transportation delays to vessels calling at the Port.
- Improve navigability and increase safety for vessels using the Seagirt Loop channels.
- Meet current and forecasted future capacity needs for container traffic at the Port.