Port Baltimore welcomes first vessel since Key bridge incident

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The Port of Baltimore welcomed its first container ship since the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, marking a significant recovery step for the local economy. The MSC Passion III, a 2,800-TEU vessel, successfully navigated through a temporary 35-foot-deep channel to dock at Seagirt terminal last Saturday. The ship’s arrival was facilitated by its smaller size, allowing it to pass through the limited access channel despite its 30.5-foot draft. This event brought much-needed relief to Baltimore businesses and longshoremen, with about 80 union members on hand to process the vessel’s cargo. While the container-on-barge service from the Port of Virginia had resumed immediately after the channel opening, the MSC Passion III was the first full-sized container ship to enter the harbour since the disaster. Efforts to fully restore the port’s operational capacity and remove the wrecked Dali are ongoing, with completion expected by the end of May.

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