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Subject:UPDATE: Baltimore - Key Bridge Incident
Date:Sunday, May 19, 2024

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


<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Please see below updates as of 0630 hrs May 19th, 2024:


<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The Captain of the Port (COTP) has opened the Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel for commercial vessel traffic daily from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as of Tuesday, May 14th. This channel has a controlling depth of 48 feet, 350-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance of 214 feet due to the adjacent BG&E powerlines. Deep draft vessels utilizing this channel will require a Maryland State Pilot and two escort tugs. Since the Maryland Pilots impose a 3 foot under keel clearance (UKC) requirement, the maximum vessel draft is 45 feet. Transits will be limited to winds being less than 15 knots Weather Forecast for 39.22N 76.54W. The pilots will not impose any beam restrictions for RO-ROs, Con-ROs, and cruise ships; however, all other transits will be limited to vessels with a beam of 106 feet or less (e.g. container ships, freight ships, tankers, and bulk carriers). Vessel transits will remain at the discretion of the COTP, based on the prevailing weather conditions and salvage operations. Due to ongoing salvage operations in the area, all transits must be at the slowest safe speed but not to exceed 5 knots while the M/V DALI is in place and less than 10 knots following the M/V DALI’s refloat.<span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The refloat operation for the M/V Dali require Optimum conditions call for the transit of the M/V Dali to commence at high tide, predicted to be Monday at 5:24 a.m. The vessel will be prepared at 2 a.m., allowing the M/V Dali to catch the peak high tide for a controlled transit. The entire refloat sequence (prior to high-tide transit) is estimated to begin roughly 18 hours beforehand, starting midday on Sunday.<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> Example checklist items in this 18-hour countdown include:<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> Release of some of the anchors and mooring lines currently attached to the M/V Dali (nearby tugboats on standby).<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> <span-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in">De-ballasting of part or all of the 1.25 million gallons of water pumped onto the M/V Dali, to compensate for the weight removed during the May 13 precision cutting.<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> Detailed inspections confirming all obstructions have been removed on the left (port) side of the M/V Dali by Unified Command dive survey teams.<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">


Demolition to remove the piece of bridge from the bow of the Dali was successfully completed on May 13th.<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">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.


<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:


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


<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.


<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:

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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.


<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 Sunday, May 19, 2024

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.