Vessels start exiting Port of Baltimore

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The Port of Baltimore has opened a new channel with a minimum draft of 35 feet and clearances of 300 feet horizontally and 214 feet vertically. This channel allows the transit of five deep-draft vessels that were previously unable to leave the port. The first vessel to navigate this channel was the general cargo ship Siamaagracht, followed by others including the Balsa 94 and the bulker Phatra Naree. The operations are overseen by US Coast Guard Captain David O’Connell, who is coordinating the ongoing efforts to clear and reopen the port fully after the collapse of the Key Bridge on March 26, which had blocked major access to the port. The channel will temporarily close on April 29 to facilitate the removal of the stranded container ship Dali.

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