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ISS Baltimore is a superior full-vessel agency attendance and ship husbandry service, servicing all vessel types including Crude, LNG, Bulk, PCC, Cruise and Miltary.


Location: Baltimore is located close to the northern extremity of Chesapeake Bay, in the State of Maryland, eastern USA.

General overview: The port is situated on the Patapsco River and is one of America's busiest deepwater ports and industrial centres. Along the port's 72km long shoreline are a multitude of modern public and private cargo terminals handling general merchandise in breakbulk and containerised shipments, dry and liquid bulk commodities and specialised cargoes. The port takes advantage of its proximity to the Midwest, serving as a gateway to America's industrial and agricultural heartland.

Traffic figures: Approx 26,000,000t of cargo and 354,000TEU are handled annually.

Load Line zone: Summer Zone for ships over 100m in length and Winter Seasonal Area for ships of 100m or less in length, Winter Nov 1 to Mar 31, Summer Apr 1 to Oct 31.

Max size: Largest vessel handled: "Ever Reward", LOA 294m, draft 12.6m.


Restrictions: Approach to the port is initially made along the deep water channel in the Chesapeake Bay. Closer approach is made along the main ship channel, minimum width of 213m and a depth of 15.2m. On the northern approach, via the C&D Canal, depth is 11m and a minimum width is 137m. Air draft on the C&D Canal is 41.4m and 56.4m via Chesapeake Bay.

Tugs: Vessels are met near Fort Carroll, 3.75nm NNW of N Point. Two tug companies are available for assistance - McAllister Towing Co and Moran Towing Co. There are normally 9 tugs on hand with from 1,750hp to 3,500hp. Tugs normally provide the tow lines.


Tidal range and flow: Range 0.3m currents are too weak and variable to be predicted.
Dock density: 1.005-1.008.

Weather: Prevailing winds: W'ly.


General services available at Baltimore

  • Ballast/slop reception
  • Security
  • Repairs – Workshops
  • Bunkers/water/stores
  • Medical facilities
  • Transport: Nearest airport: Baltimore Washington International Airport, 16km.
    Nearest railway: CSX Transportation, Consolidated Rail Corp and Canton Railroad Co are all located in the port. Passenger service in Baltimore by Amtrak at Penn station.
  • Crew change: Crew changes can be made and repatriation arranged at port.
  • Consuls: Belgium, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Senegal, Spain, Turkey.
  • Banks: All major banks are located in Baltimore.
  • Garbage: Disposal by permit only using a certified US Department of Agriculture approved company. The Davis Group removes garbage by the van load instead of dumpster.
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