PORTLAND — Prospects for a major expansion of Maine’s role in the business of refrigerated cargo exports are expected to improve with the anticipated 2024 completion of the Maine International Cold Storage Facility, now under construction on the Portland waterfront.

The anticipated benefits to Maine commerce of the 107,000 square foot, $55 million project will be discussed in depth by a panel at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., presented by the Camden Conference, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to fostering informed discourse on global affairs.

Co-sponsoring the event are the Maine International Trade Center, the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and the University of Southern Maine.

From left, Matthew Burns, executive director of Maine Port Authority, Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms and moderator Carol Coultas, business projects editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

The new facility is expected to meet the refrigerated cargo demand of Icelandic shipping company Eimskip and be large enough to accommodate customers from food, beverage, and bio-pharmaceutical industries in Maine, New England, and beyond. The Hannaford Hall panel will include Wade Merritt, president of Maine International Trade Center; Matthew Burns, executive director of Maine Port Authority; and Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms. The discussion will be moderated by Carol Coultas, business projects editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. The discussion will also cover the general outlook for Maine exports and improvements to Maine seaports.

The panel is free and open to the public and may be attended in person or by Zoom.

For more information, visit camdenconference.org.

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