Italian-flagged auto carrier named after 'core port': Baltimore

Nov 03, 2017 1053

BY: Colin Campbell

A new, Italian-flagged ocean freighter that can hold 6,700 cars now bears the name of the port that handles more cars, trucks and other “roll-on/roll-off” cargo than any other in the U.S. The Grimaldi Group’s Grande Baltimora, a 656-foot car carrier with a beam of 106 feet, was christened with a bottle of champagne on Tuesday, cracked against the side of the vessel for good luck by Carol Ann White, wife of Maryland Port Administration Executive Director Jim White.

Its name represents a commitment to continuing service at the port of Baltimore, said Andrew J. Abbott, president and CEO of Atlantic Container Lines, Grimaldi’s New Jersey-based subsidiary.“The professionalism and customer orientation of port director Jim White and his great team make Baltimore the easiest port to do business in the entire United States,” Abbott said in a statement. “So it only makes sense that the first Grimaldi ship to carry the name of a U.S. port is the Grande Baltimora.”

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