July 6, 2015 8:00 AM, EDT

Maersk Resumes Port of Baltimore Service After 20 Years

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has returned to the Port of Baltimore after an absence of two decades, state officials announced.

The Danish company is providing three weekly services linking ports in Asia and Europe with Baltimore, providing an estimated 31,000 new shipments annually, an announcement by Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said.

“The addition of Maersk Line gives the port even more momentum going forward as we await the completion of the Panama Canal expansion and the arrival of larger ships,” Hogan said in a statement July 1.

The port has channels dredged to 50 feet so that larger ships can be accommodated after the canal expansion is completed next year.

“Today’s global supply chains require stable, smooth-running transportation services that enhance supply chain integrity and improve productivity,” said Michael White, president of Maersk Line North America.