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SubjectDatePriority
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/28/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/22/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/21/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/20/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/20/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/20/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/20/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/19/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/18/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/18/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/17/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/17/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/16/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/16/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/15/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/15/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/14/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/13/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/12/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/11/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/10/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/09/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/09/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/09/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/08/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/08/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/08/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/07/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/06/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/06/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/05/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/04/2024 Normal
Unified Command Multimedia Release - Key Point Bridge Response - Baltimore05/03/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/03/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/02/2024 Normal
UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident05/01/2024 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident
Date:Saturday, May 11, 2024
Priority:Normal
Notice:

<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Please note below received from our Baltimore Sub Agent, Capes Shipping:

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<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Please see below updates as of 1030 hrs May 11th, 2024:

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<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Captain of the Port has advised that the Fort McHenry Limited Access channel is estimated to reopen for commercially essential vessels on/abt May 14th. At this time, transit schedules are uncertain for incoming vessels, however, expect transit range of 1800-0600 hrs once the Fort McHenry channel resumes commercial transit. <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Due to critical and highly dynamic salvage operations to advance efforts to fully clear the channel commencing on Friday May 10th, this channel will not be available again until approximately Tuesday, May 14th. Any changes to this timeline will be advertised to the public by updates to this MSIB.<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#333333;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in">USACE engineers are aiming to reopen the permanent, 700-foot-wide by 50-foot-deep federal navigation channel by the end of May, AGW.<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Captain of the Port (COTP) has established two temporary alternate channels for commercially essential vessels: the Sollers Point Temporary Alternate Channel is located on the northeast side of the main ship channel and the Hawkins Point Temporary Alternate Channel is located on the southwest side of the main ship channel. Both are in the vicinity of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. This action was part of a phased approach to opening the main federal channel. These temporary channels are marked with government lighted aids to navigation and will be limited to transit at the discretion of the COTP and during daylight hours only. <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Due to updated surveys and waterway user feedback, these channels have had aids repositioned to facilitate transits through best water. <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The updated approximate locations of aids to navigation can be found in Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and in the near future found in the USCG Light List/Local Notice to Mariners. <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Sollers Point Temporary Channel has a controlling depth of 11 feet, a 264-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance of 95 feet. <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Hawkins Point Temporary Channel has a controlling depth of 14 feet, a 280-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance of 124 feet.<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Fort Carroll Temporary Channel has a controlling depth of 20 feet, a 300-foot horizontal clearance, and a vertical clearance of 135 feet.<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel will have a controlling depth of 48 feet, a 350-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance of 214 feet <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:red">Due to critical and highly dynamic salvage operations to advance efforts to fully clear the channel commencing on Friday May 10th, this channel will not be available again until approximately Tuesday, May 14th. Any changes to this timeline will be advertised to the public by updates to this MSIB<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">

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Currently, it is uncertain how long port movements will be suspended. Prolonged delays are expected due to the magnitude of the situation.<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Local Pilots have advised that vessels currently anchored at Annapolis are not movement restricted and are able to sail, provided that USCG and USCBP formalities are completed with each respective agency.<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Local Pilots have advised that Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal is currently not movement restricted. The channel to TPA berth(s) is outside of the USCG Safety Zone presently in effect, subject to change.

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<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">We will pass on information concerning resumption of vessel movements as soon as it’s provided to us by the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Pilots and port authorities. 

<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">In the meantime, please find the below current Sector Maryland NCR port condition update:

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Sector Maryland NCR:<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> Port Condition: Closed

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<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black;background:yellow">Effective immediately a safety zone is established for all navigable waters of the Chesapeake Bay within a 2000-yard radius of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The 948-foot Singapore-flagged vessel DALI struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024.

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<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Please also reference the below website with up-to-date information regarding the response efforts of the Key Bridge Incident:

Home | Key Bridge Incident (keybridgeresponse2024.com)

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<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">As advised, the timeline for resuming regular port operations uncertain and determined basis the information available by local authorities, and we expect this incident will affect port traffic for some time. Therefore, prospective berthing for future vessels is very unclear.

<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Our team is closely monitoring this situation and are actively communicating with local authorities and port officials to ensure we are as updated as possible.

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<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions concerning the situation and we will assist as best as possible.

Notice posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.