Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solution’s Mid-Atlantic Terminal in Baltimore has unveiled a brand new 120 x 52-foot insulated heat treatment facility that will allow up to 30 vehicles to be treated per treatment session.

As well as being designed to meet Australian and New Zealand import requirements, the new building adds additional capacity to treat up to 600 cars per vessel destined for Oceania.

Baltimore was a logical choice for the new heat treatment facility: the majority of cargo travelling from the US to Australia and New Zealand is exported out of the Maryland port.

The facility, which was completed in August, has a modular design so may well be expanded if future demand for heat treatment changes.

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Using up to eight 500,000-BTU heaters fed by three 1000-gallon propane tanks, the building quickly heats to approximately 160F to allow vehicles to reach temperatures of 140F.

The total cycle time from load to unload is approximately two hours per event, and since the facility opened in September, more than 1000 vehicles have been treated.

“With biosecurity an increasingly important issue in global shipping, there’s no better time for the opening of such a facility,” said Jonathan Hess, Operations Team Leader, Mid Atlantic Terminal at Baltimore. “The primary reason for the project was to expand our capacity to treat cargo due to forecasted demand. We want the terminal to be able to service both our customers and the lines no matter what the requirements.

“The increased capacity has also added flexibility to scheduling cut-offs and will hopefully add operational efficiency for our treatment process.”