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January 24, 2018 11:30 AM, EST

Port of Baltimore to Add New Shipping Service to New Zealand, Australia

Rich Clement/Bloomberg News

A new monthly roll-on/roll-off shipping service between Europe and New Zealand and Australia will begin calling the port of Baltimore in March, officials announced Jan. 23.

Hoegh Autoliners — a Bermuda-based shipping line that handles autos, trucks, farm and construction equipment, and other wheeled vehicles — will debut the new shipping route on March 14 when the Hoegh Jeddah is scheduled to call at the port.

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Baltimore is the top port in the country for autos, light trucks and heavy farm and construction equipment. The new route also will call in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mexico. In Europe, it will call at the ports of Bremerhaven, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Southampton, England; Le Havre, France; and Santander, Spain. It will stop in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as the Australian ports of Brisbane, Port Kembla, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle.

“As one of Maryland’s leading economic engines, the Port of Baltimore continues to expand its reach around the world,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “Our administration will continue to support the Port and the thousands of hardworking Marylanders who make this world-class facility a source of pride for our state.”

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