BALTIMORE -- The Maryland Port Administration will reopen cargo operations at the Cambridge Marine Terminal, which has seen little use in the last two years, Gov. William Donald Schaefer said last week.
The MPA has signed a long-term lease with Meehan Overseas Terminals Ltd. of Milwaukee, which plans to look for business in bulk cargo such as lumber, newsprint, glass and steel products, Schaefer said.
The new lease, plus additional bulk operations, is expected to provide about 75 jobs at the terminal and will account for additional jobs in related transportation business, he said.
"Reopening the terminal will spur economic activity throughout the Eastern Shore," said Schaefer, who credited leaders of the International Longshoremen's Association with helping to restore cargo operations at the facility.
The announcement came Friday at a breakfast meeting to brief port representatives, business leaders and local government officials on Schaefer's recent trade trip to Japan and Taiwan.
Company President Daniel Meehan said the terminal will be marketed with the MPA to selected shippers and operators of small general cargo ships. Meehan handles cargo operations in Milwaukee and Superior, Wis., and in Richmond.
The Cambridge terminal had been idle for the past two years. In August, Wallace Shipbuilding, which builds luxury yachts, began operations at the site. Wallace will continue using a portion of the 8.5-acre facility, officials said.
Maryland Transportation Secretary Richard Trainor said the new lease was a sign of cooperation between the MPA and the ILA. "It wasn't an easy thing to work out," Trainer said. "I think it bodes well for the port of Baltimore.'