Peek into port operations on National Maritime Day
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:54

Ship tours among day’s activities

by Nicole Rodman

    The Port of Baltimore is offering a sneak peek into what it takes to keep one of the nation’s top ports running.
    The  Baltimore National Heritage Area will offer ship tours, family activities and more during the 6th annual National Maritime Day this Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The event will take place at the Canton Marine Terminal, 4601 Newgate Avenue.
     Admission to the event is free.    
    The event is held each year in celebration of National Maritime Day.
    National Maritime Day was first established in 1933 in order to recognize the importance of the U.S. maritime industry.
   

This year’s National Maritime Day celebration at the Port of Baltimore will consist of a variety of  family-friendly events, including tours of the NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, and the   Pride of Baltimore II clipper ship.
    Tours of the CNX/Consol Energy Marine Terminal, which exports coal across the world,  will also be offered.
    Ships are not handicap-accessible. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes when boarding ships.
    The event will also include a Lego display of model ships, maritime heritage activities and several local working and visiting ships.
    Food trucks will also be located on-site.
    Parking for the event is free on Newkirk Street, Newgate Avenue and Pier 12 (adjacent to the NS Savannah).
    In addition, an MTA shuttle bus will stop at the corner of Boston and Clinton streets.
    For more information, visit www.portfestbaltimore.org or e-mail info@baltimoreportalliance.com.