A NEW heat-treatment facility in Baltimore is working to keep vehicles exported from the US free from pests such as the infamous brown marmorated stink bug.
The 37 by 16-metre facility at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solution’s mid-Atlantic terminal allows up to 30 vehicles to be treated per session, and it is designed to meet Australian and New Zealand import requirements.
The facility, which was completed in August (just in time for the BMSB season), has a modular design and can be expanded to accommodate future demand for heat treatment.
Baltimore was chosen as the site for the facility, as a significant amount of cargo ex-US to Australasia leaves from the Maryland port.
The facility uses up to eight heaters with a capacity to produce 500,000 British thermal units, fed by three 3800-litre propane tanks, to heat the space up to 71°C. The total cycle time is about two hours, and since the facility opened in September, more than 1000 vehicles have been treated.
WW operations team leader, mid-Atlantic terminal Jonathan Hess said the primary reason for the project was to expand the capacity to treat cargo due to forecast demand.
“We want the terminal to be able to service both our customers and the lines no matter what the requirements,” he said.
“The increased capacity has also added flexibility to scheduling cut-offs and will hopefully add operational efficiency for our treatment process.”