Port had record month for cargo tonnage in July


Port of Baltimore

last month set a tonnage record for general cargo, which includes goods in containers, automobiles, forest products, and farm and construction equipment, the Maryland Port Administration announced Wednesday.

"In Maryland, 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," Gov.

Martin O'Malley

said in a port administration news release.

General cargo tonnage in July was up 24 percent over the previous month, the port administration said.

The increase is in line with a steady rise in tonnage. In 2011, the port saw a 15 percent jump in cargo from the previous year — the greatest increase in growth by any major port in the United States, the port administration said.

The port's private and public marine terminals handled 37.8 million tons in 2011, up from 32.8 million tons in 2010. The value of 2011's cargo was more than $51.4 billion, the port's highest dollar value ever and a 24 percent increase over 2010, the port said.

The port generates about 14,630 direct jobs, and roughly 108,000 additional jobs in Maryland are related to port activities, the port administration said.