Progress To Open the Limited Access Deep Draft Channel

As we enter week 3, The Key Bridge Response Unified Command continues efforts to re-open the federal channel and clear hazards from the waterway. As the Key Bridge response continues to remove wreckage and debris from the Patapsco River, including breaking up of the submerged roadbed from span 19, and the removal of a section [...]

2024-04-15T14:34:32-04:00April 15th, 2024|

Container Removal Begins at Key Bridge

After weeks of inclement weather hampering salvage operations, The Unified Command began the critically important operation on Sunday of removing containers from the M/V Dali at the Key Bridge. In a message provided by, salvors removed containers from the M/V Dali as part of the effort to gain access to the portion of the Key [...]

2024-04-08T14:50:51-04:00April 8th, 2024|

Baltimore Responds With Kindness and Hope

It’s been just over a week since the the Dali departed from Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal and collided into the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The impact on marine and vehicle traffic has been dramatic and concerning to the communities in the bridge region. The Unified Command is working 24 hours a day to establish a [...]

2024-04-05T10:39:39-04:00April 5th, 2024|

Port Reopening Timeline Announced

  The U.S. Corps of Engineers announced, in a written statement, a tentative timeline for the restoration for safe navigation in and out of the Port of Baltimore. The Port of Baltimore should reopen, with limited access, by the end of April and completely reopen to shipping by the end of May.  The Corps said [...]

2024-04-05T10:40:17-04:00April 5th, 2024|

Key Bridge Incident Customer Advisory

From the desk of Butch Connor, As we continue to closely watch the response to the tragic incident that occurred in our hometown, we would like to remind all our customers and partners that we are here for support during this difficult time. We are proud and encouraged by the 40+ vessels and 400+ workers [...]

2024-04-01T15:58:09-04:00April 1st, 2024|

Key Bridge Marine Casualty 2024

Today, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) planned a Marine Transportation System (MTS) Recovery Update. The following points were discussed during the meeting: Re-opening the channel is the No. 1 priority The vessel - M/V Dali - must be secured before continuing with recovery 140' barge w/ 2 anchors will be in place soon at [...]

2024-04-01T15:53:25-04:00April 1st, 2024|

Update on the Key Bridge Marine Casualty

In light of the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, and as a Baltimore-based company, we join with our fellow business, governmental and local community to express our deepest gratitude for the brave responders who are working on search and rescue efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are directed to all those impacted [...]

2024-03-26T14:30:42-04:00March 26th, 2024|

Electronic Organic Import Certificates Required by USDA

The organic sector of American agriculture has seen unprecedented growth over the past decade. U.S. sales of organic products continue to grow, and global organic supply chains have become increasingly more complex. With this growth, including an increase in organic imports entering the U.S., the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking new steps [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:37-05:00March 4th, 2024|

New Ruling on Detention & Demurrage Charges

A ruling was issued last week by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) that establishes new billing requirements for common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs). These requirements - which cover charges incurred for demurrage and detention charges - ultimately provide a clearer picture on who may be billed, the timeframe of billing, and the process [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:38-05:00February 26th, 2024|

CBP Releases Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS)

The Winter issue of the Maritime Exchange’s The Beacon reported that The Customs and Border Protection Vessel Entrance and Clearance System, known as VECS, has been widely accepted by the steamship community as a major improvement. VECS is an electronic portal for ship agents and other filers to submit the data required on CBP forms [...]

2024-03-04T16:33:39-05:00February 26th, 2024|
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