Tragic Incident at Port of Baltimore

Attention: Shipping Manager

On 26 March 2024 at 1:27am (local time), the “DALI” vessel collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge at the Port of Baltimore, as a result of an apparent loss of power and propulsion.  This resulted in the collapse of the bridge.

This critical incident has cut off vessel access to one of the United States’ largest ports for international cargo and the closure of the bridge blocks access to terminals handling about 21,000 TEU weekly. This necessitates the immediate redirection of cargo to alternative ports and adjustments for upcoming vessel arrivals.

Nearby ports such as Norfolk and New York/New Jersey are being considered as alternatives for rerouting Baltimore-bound cargo. These ports are equipped to handle the additional volume although some delays and bottlenecks may occur due to the sudden shift in logistics plans. Vessel operators are now working on omitting Baltimore and making alternate arrangements to discharge cargo at nearby ports.

We will continue to keep you updated as further information comes to hand.  In the meantime, if you are concerned regarding your shipments, please do not hesitate to contact your customer service representative.

(Source: FTA)