Seven years after opening the South Locust Point cruise ship berth and terminal, Maryland port officials have a problem: capacity, as in, not enough.
Without expansion, the record-breaking annual statistics will plateau at about 100 cruises and 241,000 passengers a year.
It is a profitable perch, but not one that fits the port of Baltimore's competitive nature or record of expanding market share wherever it can — from autos to coal. And with an annual economic value to Maryland estimated to be $90 million and 220 jobs, the cruise ship business is an asset worth protecting and continuing to develop.
Despite recent problems, including Thursday's stranding of a cruise...