Baltimore County, Maryland and Sparrows Point Steel, LLC was recently awarded a major new Maritime Administration (MARAD) federal grant of over $47 million to support plans to establish a major offshore wind logistics and manufacturing hub in Baltimore County.
The grant was part of the U.S. Maritime Administration’s competitive Port Infrastructure Development Program.
The project will fund berth and upland improvements to accommodate heavy project cargoes near the Port of Baltimore.
The project includes construction of a roll-on/roll-off pad, a crane pad, ground improvements, geotechnical work, and steel structures to support components used in offshore wind projects.
Work also includes site remediation and environmental mitigation activities.
Sitting on nearly 100 acres of waterfront at Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore County, Maryland, the Sparrows Point Steel site was once home to Bethlehem Steel, the largest steel production facility in the world.
Sparrows Point will fill significant gaps in the U.S. offshore wind industry. Along with helping to establish a domestic supply chain that employs union workers and minority owned businesses, the site will also serve as a marshalling port to stage, load and ship heavy materials for other offshore wind project developers.
Sparrows Point Steel, LLC, is wholly owned and operated by Baltimore-based US Wind, Inc.
sources: U.S. Maritime Administration, US Wind, Inc.