Port of Baltimore – Francis Scott Key Bridge Incident. Update

CountryUnited States
ImpactComplete Closure

On Tuesday, 26 March around 1:30 AM, the container vessel DALI (9697428), collided with the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore, MD causing the bridge to collapse.

Port of Baltimore
Francis Scott Key Bridge, MD, USA. Source: www.worldofports.com

The Maryland Port Administration has advised: Vessel traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore is suspended until further notice.

A safety zone spanning a 2000-yard radius around the bridge in the Chesapeake Bay has been established to ensure the safety of personnel, vessels, and the marine environment.

No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the safety zone without obtaining permission from the COTP or a designated representative. The COTP is currently issuing a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) via VHF-FM marine channel 16. Mariners are requested to monitor the VHF channel 16 for the latest information.

Ship traffic to/from terminals southeast/prior to Francis Scott Key Bridge location, outside of the 2000-yard radius, is open. At this time, one tug is accessible.

The Unified Command commenced bridge wreckage removal on Saturday, March 30th, to remove debris from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

The Captain of the Port (COTP) is preparing to establish a temporary alternate channel on the northeast side of the main channel in the vicinity of the Francis Scott Key Bridge for commercially essential vessels.
The temporary channel will be marked with government lighted aids to navigation and will have a controlling depth of 11 feet, a 264-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance 96 feet.

Sector Maryland NCR: Port Condition: Closed

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