Wallenius Wilhelmsen Vessel M/V Carmen Departs the Port of Baltimore – Heavy Lift News
26 Apr 2024

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Vessel M/V Carmen Departs the Port of Baltimore

Following the collaborative efforts of local, regional, and state authorities to create a temporary deep draft channel,  the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel M/V Carmen departed the Port of Baltimore yesterday.

Eight vessels have been unable to pass the wrecked bridge 4 weeks ago. M/V Carmen, M/V Balsa and one other vessel have passed through the temporary deep water channel yesterday with more planned  for today.



Held at in the port since 26 March as a result of the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, assisted by tugs, M/V Carmen left the berth after 14:00 EDT. Safely navigating through the tight temporary waterway, the vessel is scheduled to call in Manzanillo, Panama. Following cargo operations in the port the vessel will rejoin the working fleet and return to a scheduled trade route.

Salvage work in Baltimore is still ongoing and vessel transits will remain limited to the designated channels, with the number of transits regulated and further restricted by the temporary time-frame currently available.

Currently assessing the practicality and viability of Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessels entering the port during this current limited transit window, they remain optimistic the full reopening of the channel remains on schedule.

Once again Wallenius Wilhelmsen would like to extend our sympathies to the families directly affected by the tragic Francis Scott Key bridge collapse. In addition, they recognize the incredible collaborative effort that authorities, stakeholders, partners, and peers, and the people of Baltimore, have made to work though the challenges posed in the aftermath of the bridge collapse.

A key hub for Wallenius Wilhelmsen for decades, they are enormously appreciative of the local Baltimore community and are proud to be a part of it.


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