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After a two-month blockade, the Port of Baltimore is poised to resume normal operations as the container ship MV Dali is successfully refloated. This development marks a significant milestone in alleviating the logistical bottleneck that has affected shipping and cargo movements in and out of one of the busiest ports on the East Coast.

The MV Dali, a 9,000 TEU container ship, collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, immediately halting vessel transits through the port. This incident led to significant disruptions in passenger and freight operations for nearly two months. While the port opened four temporary navigation channels to allow a limited number of vessels to move, many large containerships remained stranded, unable to transit through the port.

Efforts to refloat the MV Dali began midday Sunday, with a comprehensive operation that involved up to five tugboats. The process coincided with the high tide at 5:24 am on Monday, optimizing the ship’s controlled transit conditions. The entire refloating and transit sequence is expected to take at least 21 hours, with the ship being moved 2.5 miles to a local marine terminal where entry is strictly controlled.

During the period of disruption, Maersk had suspended bookings for several of its services. However, with the refloating of the MV Dali, Maersk has reopened bookings for its AGAS and AMEX services. The AGAS service, which transits between the US East Coast and South America, is expected to call at Baltimore on June 11. The AMEX service, which connects the US East Coast with South Africa, is anticipated to call on June 1. Meanwhile, bookings for Maerskā€™s Transatlantic services and TP12 Baltimore exports remain suspended until further notice.

Despite these positive developments, the seafarers on board the MV Dali still face difficult hardships. Due to visa restrictions, they have been unable to leave the ship and have had no means of communication with their families for the past two months.

The successful refloating of the MV Dali is a massive step toward restoring full operations at the Port of Baltimore. This progress not only eases the logistical challenges faced by shippers and carriers but also marks a long-awaited move towards normalcy in global supply chains disrupted by this incident.

At Edward J. Zarach & Associates, we understand the complexities and challenges posed by such disruptions in the supply chain. Our team is committed to providing expert logistics solutions to help you navigate these challenges smoothly. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in optimizing your logistics operations and ensuring your cargo’s seamless flow.