Baltimore, US – Francis Scott Key Bridge Incident Update

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25April 2024 | Baltimore, US – Francis Scott Key Bridge Incident Update

– The U.S. Coast Guard has established temporary alternate channels with limited depth and width to allow some commercial vessel traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26th.

– As of late April, the available temporary channels had controlling depths of 11 feet, 14 feet, and 20 feet. Transit is limited and requires Coast Guard permission.

– The Coast Guard aims to open a 35-foot deep, 280-foot wide limited access channel by the end of April to support barge/container and roll-on/roll-off vessel traffic.

– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to reopen the permanent 700-foot wide, 50-foot deep federal navigation channel by the end of May, restoring normal port capacity.

– The Maryland government launched business assistance programs to help Port companies retain employees and offset economic impacts from the disruption.

– Wreckage/debris removal and response efforts are ongoing, with safety as the top priority. The goal is to fully reopen the shipping channel as soon as possible.

More information can be found at https://www.keybridgeresponse2024.com and the MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN 043-24

22 April 2024 

  • The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the opening of a temporary 35-foot deep Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel from April 25th to April 29th/30th to allow ships to leave the Port of Baltimore after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse incident on March 26th.
  • Three other temporary shallow channels (20, 14, and 11-foot depths) remain open for commercial vessel transits.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers expects to reopen the permanent 50-foot deep main shipping channel by the end of May 2024.
  • Maryland has launched worker retention and business assistance programs to support companies impacted by the shipping disruption.
  • The highest priority is fully reopening the main navigational channel as soon as possible while safety remains the chief concern during recovery efforts.
  • A website (www.keybridgeresponse2024.com) has been set up to provide updates on the incident response.

For more details, please refer to the MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN 043-24 

09 April 2024 | Baltimore, US – Francis Scott Key Bridge Incident Update

Temporary alternative channels established 

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has set up temporary alternative navigation channels near Sollers Point and Hawkins Point, close to the Francis Scott Key Bridge. These channels are intended for commercially essential vessels as part of a gradual process to reopen the main federal shipping channel. 

The Sollers Point Channel is located on the northeast side of the main ship channel near the bridge. It has a controlling depth of 11 feet, a horizontal clearance of 264 feet, and a vertical clearance of 95 feet. Transit through this channel is limited to daylight hours and subject to the discretion of the Captain of the Port (COTP). 

The Hawkins Point Channel is situated on the southwest side of the main channel near the bridge. It offers a controlling depth of 14 feet, a horizontal clearance of 280 feet, and a vertical clearance of 124 feet. Like the Sollers Point Channel, transit is restricted to daylight hours and COTP discretion. 

Both temporary channels are marked with government-maintained navigational aids. The existing 2,000-yard safety zone around the Francis Scott Key Bridge remains in effect to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment. Entry into this safety zone requires prior permission from the COTP or an authorized representative. 

For more details, please refer to USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletins 037-24 and 038-24.  

April 7, 2024 | Baltimore, US – Francis Scott Key Bridge Incident Update

Removal of containers onboard M/V Dali Commences 

On Sunday, April 7, 2024. The Unified Command has begun removing containers from the M/V Dali at the Francis Scott Key Bridge incident site. This effort is aimed at gaining access to the portion of the bridge that is resting on the ship, as part of the overall recovery and salvage operations. 

The container removal from the M/V Dali will continue in the coming days, weather permitting.  

In parallel, the Unified Command has also been removing wreckage and debris from the site, including sections of Span 19 that were transported to Sparrows Point, Maryland. While marine traffic remains limited, one vessel has transited through the temporary alternate channels in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 32 since the channels were established. 

 

 

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