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The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at the Port of Baltimore moves cargo between bulkhead and railhead in record time. Adjacent to Baltimore's modern Seagirt Marine Terminal, the 68-acre (34 ha) ICTF allows cargo to catch a train to almost anywhere.
Ports America Chesapeake operates the on-dock railyard, which has steadily increased its volume. Baltimore's ICTF has quickly emerged as an integral link in CSX Intermodal (CSXI) and Norfolk Southern’s (NS) impressive nationwide intermodal systems. With six trains daily, CSXI offers direct service to the Southeast and Midwest, and seamless connections to the rest of the continental United States and Canada. In May of 2020 NS shifted its operations into Seagirt Marine Terminal, offering enhanced services to its international intermodal customers.
The dedicated truck entrance of the automated pre-check system speeds the pick-up and delivery process for cargo. The facility features a separate gate for domestic shipments.
The Seagirt ICTF uses the latest in intermodal equipment and a skilled labor force to keep the ICTF running efficiently. Two transtainers — rubber-tired gantry cranes which straddle the rail tracks — facilitate the rapid loading and discharge of two trains simultaneously. Toploaders are used to mount and dismount containers to and from chassis.
With its location adjacent to the Seagirt Marine Terminal, cargo flows effortlessly between the two facilities, while the intra-terminal Colgate Creek Bridge connects to Dundalk Marine Terminal, the Port's largest general cargo facility.
The International Longshoremen's Association, whose members supply the facility's labor force, and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore have an agreement that allows the ICTF to operate Monday – Friday 4:00am to 12:00am, Saturday 4:00am – 4:00pm, and Sunday 5:00am – 1:00pm. So when your cargo has a train to catch, make sure it stops where your ship comes in — at the Seagirt ICTF.
- 68 acres (28.3 ha).
- International and domestic containers.
- Four loading tracks; four storage tracks; one run-around track; track length is 3,750 ft. (1,143 m)
- Two 40-long-ton (40.6 mt) transtainers; two toploaders.
- Rail Access
- CSXT provides direct service.
- Highway Access
- Less than one mile and two traffic signals from I-95 and its connections to other major interstates.
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