GreenPort Congress set for the Port of Baltimore

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Mercator Media Ltd, the producer of the highly regarded GreenPort Congress and Cruise Conference, has announced the inaugural American edition is to be hosted by the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). It will take place May 16-18, 2018 in the Baltimore Convention Center in the USA.

American edition dates set for May 16-18, 2018

September 2017 Fareham UK – Mercator Media Ltd, the producer of the highly regarded GreenPort Congress and Cruise Conference, has announced the inaugural American edition is to be hosted by the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimoreand The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). It will take place May 16-18, 2018 in the Baltimore Convention Center.

GreenPort Congress America provides Senior Executives with a meeting place to share and discuss the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice within sea ports, terminals and their associated logistics supply chains.  The two-and-a-half-day conference will contain a range of themes from smarter ports, land redevelopment to the challenges of intermodal connections. Session formats will include interactive presentations, discussion panels, case studies, networking opportunities and will conclude with an exclusive tour of the Port of Baltimore on the final day.

Over the past decade, the Congress has been held in European locations including Hamburg, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Venice and Amsterdam and has become an increasingly international event with delegates from more than 30 countries in 2016.  The launch of the America edition further expands this platform and presents a great opportunity for businesses wishing to connect with this influential audience.

Baltimore was chosen as the ideal partner for the first US edition as it has a multifaceted sea port with terminals dealing with automobiles, containers, farm and construction equipment, forest products, breakbulk cargo and cruise passengers. The Port was recently named one of the fastest-growing ports in North America by the Journal of Commerce following its recognition as the most efficient container port in the United States and is central to economic activity on the east coast. The Port of Baltimore combines its enviable growth with a strong commitment to meeting its obligations for improved air and water quality and ensuring protection for the environment whilst building international business.

Andrew Webster, CEO of Mercator Media Ltd, comments, “After working with the great port cities in Europe, the GreenPort Conference has evolved to make a central contribution to the debate about how to strike the right balance between environment considerations with the realities of economic demands. We are very much looking forward to the opportunity of producing our first GreenPort America in Maryland, working with the Port of Baltimore and the Maryland Department of Transportation.”

For further information and to register for the conference visit: www.greenport.com/congressamerica

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NOTES FOR EDITORS
About GreenPort Congress

The 2018 GreenPort Congress America will take place from 16-18 May 2018.
It is being hosted by the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

It is being held in The Baltimore Convention Center located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The Center is a municipal building owned and operated by the City of Baltimore.

Now in its 12th year, the GreenPort Congress and Cruise Conference provides Senior Executives with a meeting place to discuss and share the latest in sustainable development and environmental practice within sea ports, terminals and their associated logistics supply chain. It aims to highlight innovations in equipment and technology to allow port users to adhere to policy, while illustrating practical solutions through case studies. It is a must-attend event for environmental managers and planners, harbor masters, logistics managers, energy managers, sustainability and corporate social responsibility executives from ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, shippers and logistics companies.

In 2016, GreenPort Congress in Venice Italy attracted more than 200 delegates, including 98 port authorities, terminal operators and shipping lines representing 30 countries. The highest proportion of delegates were port authorities, terminal operators and ship owners (60%).  72% were directly involved with environmental issues at ports and terminals and either influence or make decisions relating to implementation of measures.

Visit www.greenport.com/congressamerica for further information.

About Mercator Media Ltd
Mercator Media Ltd (MML) is a UK-based international B2B media company producing events, magazines and building online communities.

Around the high-quality brands, MML creates content that moves markets centred on the world’s commercial marine infrastructure. It is produced by industry experts, dedicated to providing the critical insight, analysis and relevant connections sought by business professionals.

The unique audiences MML create make a leader in integrated marketing strategies for clients, delivered though its channels including print, online, events and research.

Visit www.mercatormedia.com for further information.

About Port of Baltimore USA
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) oversees the Port of Baltimore’s six public marine terminals.   The MDOT MPA has made significant environmental progress to reduce emissions at the Port’s public marine terminals in the last several years. Older dray trucks that move cargo through the Port have been replaced with newer and cleaner versions.  Other pieces of cargo-handling equipment such as forklifts and yard tractors have had exhaust system upgrades or engine replacements. Locomotives have had automatic stop-start, anti-idling devices installed. New storm water management technologies have also been executed.

The MDOT MPA has a nationally recognized dredged material management program that focuses on innovative reuse of sediment dredged from channels leading to the Port of Baltimore.  Long-eroded islands in Maryland have been rebuilt to full capacity.  This program also resulted in one of the largest environmental restoration projects in Maryland.  The MDOT MPA is the largest creator of wetlands in Maryland.

Combining both the public and private marine terminals, the Port of Baltimore saw 31 million tons of international cargo cross its docks last year which was valued at approximately $49 billion.  Baltimore is ranked as the top port among all U.S. ports for handling autos and light trucks, farm and construction machinery, and imported sugar.  Overall Baltimore is ranked ninth for the total dollar value of cargo and 14th for cargo tonnage for all U.S. ports.

Business at the Port of Baltimore generates about 13,650 direct jobs, while more than 127,000 jobs in Maryland are linked to port activities.  The Port is responsible for nearly $3 billion in personal wages and salary and $310 million in state and local tax revenues.

Visit www.mpa.maryland.gov for further information.

About The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for the transport infrastructure in the state of Maryland. It is an organization comprised of five business units and one Authority. They are: The Secretary's Office, State Highway Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority. This unique approach provides the state’s leadership with the ability to develop a co-ordinated and balanced approach to transportation.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Port Administration owns and operates the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. Its task is to stimulate the flow of waterborne commerce through the ports in the State of Maryland, in a manner that provides economic benefit to the citizens of the state.

Visit www.mdot.maryland.gov for further information.

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