Port of Baltimore stops accepting export containers

Source: Trucking Dive
Date: 26th March 2024

The state-owned Seagirt Marine Terminal will be closed on Friday, according to an alert.

The Port of Baltimore’s container terminal stopped accepting exports Tuesday morning and will be closed on Friday after a catastrophic cargo ship crash collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge into the shipping channel and cut off marine vessel access to Maryland’s largest port.

“Due to the current port circumstances, Seagirt Marine Terminal will stop receiving exports from March 26th, at 11:00 AM until further notice,” according to a text message alert sent by Ports America Chesapeake, which operates the state-owned terminal.

Beginning Wednesday, the New Vail Street gate will be closed until further notice, and all truck traffic must enter the terminal through the Seagirt main gate at 2600 Broening Highway, according to another alert.

In addition to being closed on Friday, the port terminal will close at 4:30 p.m. on 28th March 2024, reversing an earlier plan to extend hours until 5:30 p.m.

A line of trucks queued up on Broening Highway outside the main gate as drivers tried to drop off export loads before the deadline Tuesday morning, said a truck driver who has been running the port for 40 years.

Can you imagine what a nightmare it is right now to try to rebook, to reschedule?

The National Transportation Safety is investigating the cause of the crash, but authorities have said they believe the wreck was an accident.

The US federal government would cover the cost of repairing the bridge. All the federal resources will be sent to support what Baltimore needs as USA responds to this emergency.

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