Looking for heavy equipment?

Kevin and Pete went to the Ritchie Brothers Auction yesterday – near Baltimore – Ritchie Brothers is the world’s largest industrial auctioneer. Pete, the owner of Eastern Shore Flagpoles is always looking out for deals on construction equipment, and his cool business is a topic for another day (www.easternshoreflagpoles.com) The place was full of big men in Carhartt clothing – Kevin said he never saw so many BIG guys all in one place. Tons of different languages, and a bunch of Amish guys in wool jackets and straw hats bidding on skid loaders. He took some snapshots of the auctions in process:

What? No. No, they didn’t buy anything.  Big international companies buy equipment for a job in one region, use it, then sell it right back again to avoid transportation costs of moving equipment around. Lots of online bidding, auctions all over the world. Pretty interesting stuff – check it out – http://www.rbauction.com/ – this one is right here, near Baltimore’s harbor, on the Chesapeake Bay.

I often wonder about the large container ships heading up the Bay to Baltimore – I see them passing by when I’m at Mayberry’s landing. And when crossing the Bay Bridge, you’ll always see large ships queued up south of the Bridge, sometimes for days at a time, waiting for their turn at port. And as I read about the port, I see why. According to the Maryland State Archives – (http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/port.html) “the Port of Baltimore is one of only two eastern US ports where the main shipping channel reaches a depth of 50 ft. Closer to the Midwest than any other US port, the Port of Baltimore is within an overnight drive of one-third of the nation’s population.” Wow. There’s a whole history of the Port on the site too. Fascinating. What’s coming and going, you ask? Good question. “Exports – coal, corn, soybeans, lignite, coal coke, petroleum, and fuel oils. Imports – automobiles and small trucks, iron ore, petroleum products, gypsum, sugar, cement, bauxite, salt, crude mineral substances, fertilizer and fertilizer materials, and ferroalloys.” And a lot of it. I see ships every day. It was declared a Port of Entry in 1706 – whoa! 304 years ago. Stay tuned – when it warms up I’ll go take a day trip and learn more.

~ by kbosin on December 15, 2010.

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