Shipping Operations in Baltimore Halted after Marine Incident

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1st April 2024

The Key Bridge Response Unified Command provided an update regarding the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

Work is ongoing to establish a second temporary channel for deeper draft vessels. Cranes are actively working to lift and remove wreckage from the site.

  • The first vessel, a tugboat pushing a fuel barge, has transited the newly established temporary alternate channel around the collapsed Key Bridge wreckage in Baltimore.
  • This marks initial progress in restoring some maritime traffic flow, though the temporary channel has restrictions on depth, width, vertical clearance, and daylight-only transits.
  • Efforts are underway to create a second temporary channel to accommodate deeper draft vessels up to 15-16 feet draft.
  • Salvage operations continue with cranes removing bridge wreckage which will be offloaded and disposed of.
  • A 2,000-yard safety zone remains in effect around the bridge, with mariners advised to monitor VHF channel 16.
  • Resources have been established to assist impacted businesses and workers affected by the port closure.
  • The unified command priorities remain focused on safety, accounting for missing persons, restoring transportation infrastructure, protecting the environment, and supporting investigations.

26 March 2024

At 0130 hrs today (March 26th), a container ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge resulting in the catastrophic collapse of the bridge in Baltimore. While search and rescue efforts are still ongoing, a 2000 yard safety zone has been implemented to protect personnel, vessel and the marine environment.  

Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore

No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the safety zone without obtaining permission.

Vessel traffic into and out of Baltimore is suspended until further notice. We will continue to monitor and provide updates to this marine event.


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