Managing Dredged Material
to Maintain the Marine Highway
The Port of Baltimore is one of a few on the east coast of the United States with the necessary depth and infrastructure to accommodate some of the world’s largest container ships. Earlier this year, we welcomed the largest container ship to ever visit Maryland, the Evergreen Triton, which carried 14,424 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) worth of goods, merchandise, and materials destined for numerous states across the United States.
Maintaining Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor shipping channels for massive ships like the Triton is no small task. Every year, along with our partners at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approximately 4.7 million cubic yards of sediment is dredged to maintain nearly 150 miles of channels and anchorages at their current depths and widths, and to ensure safe and reliable navigation for all vessels calling on the Port. That much sediment (otherwise known as dredged material) would fill M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, twice, every single year.
How we manage and utilize all of that sediment in a way that is good for the Port, good for our communities and good for the environment is what the State of Maryland Dredged Material Management Program (DMMP) is all about.
Please find the link to 2019 Annual Report below: