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Bridge Collapse in Baltimore

On 26 March 2024, a large vessel collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge at the Port of Baltimore, causing its collapse and suspending vessel traffic into and out of the port.

15 May 2024

Please consider bookmarking this webpage, where we will continue to publish important updates as they arise.


15 May 2024

Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel in Baltimore is now open for commercial vessels up to 48 feet, operating daily from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The channel maintains a depth of 48 feet, with 350-foot horizontal and 214-foot vertical clearances due to nearby BG&E powerlines.

As salvage operations progress, there may be opportunities for increased depth and width, subject to survey analyses. However, vessel transits are at the discretion of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), considering weather conditions and ongoing salvage efforts.

Fort Carroll Temporary Access Channel, as well as Sollers Point and Hawkins Point Temporary Alternate Channels, are also available for commercial vessel traffic with specific specifications.

We’re closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they arise. For urgent matters, contact your OIA representative. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.


28 March 2024 

We acknowledge the importance of your shipments and are dedicated to supporting you during this challenging period. We are actively communicating with customers and addressing impacted shipments. Our commitment remains strong in assisting customers through this disruption. For further details, please contact your respective handling branch or representative.

Please note the following important information.

  • If containers have already been delivered to the Port of Baltimore, we can reroute them to Norfolk or New York.
  • If containers have not yet been delivered to Baltimore, we can redirect them to Norfolk or New York.
  • If containers are currently en route to Baltimore aboard vessels, we can opt to have them discharged in Norfolk or New York if those options are available.
  • If containers have not yet been loaded at the port of origin, we can rebook them to Norfolk or New York.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


26 March 2024

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to everyone impacted by the tragic Francis Scott Key bridge collapse in Baltimore. Our hearts are with the families and friends whose loved ones are still missing, and the entire Baltimore community.

Vessel traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore is suspended until further notice. During this time, we will guide our customers through the disruption with care and exceptional support.

Our team is working to ensure timely and transparent communication for customers, and we encourage you to contact your dedicated OIA representative for anything urgent.