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The Impact of the Baltimore Bridge Collapse on Ocean Shipping

March 29, 2024

What happened?

The recent collision between the Singapore-flagged large container ship 'Dali' and the Francis Scott Key Bridge has resulted in significant losses for ocean shipping, particularly, impacting operations at the Port of Baltimore. With ship traffic suspended indefinitely, the aftermath of this incident has left six individuals missing and resulted in daily economic losses estimated at $15 million. The disruption in logistics is palpable, as scheduled arrivals to the port have been canceled or delayed, prompting ships to seek alternative routes and causing congestion along the way. This unforeseen event not only underscores the vulnerability of maritime infrastructure but also highlights the far-reaching consequences of such accidents on global trade and shipping networks.

Vessels heading to the port of Baltimore

The team at SeaVantage has meticulously compiled a list of ships that have canceled their arrival in Baltimore and identified those with the lowest likelihood of being affected in the future. This comprehensive resource serves as a vital reference not only for our customers but also for all logistics personnel navigating the aftermath of the Baltimore bridge collapse. By swiftly responding to this crisis, whether by rerouting shipments or bolstering safety protocols, we can mitigate further damage and ensure the continuity of ocean shipping operations in the region. Join us in taking proactive measures to address this unprecedented challenge.

List of Ships with cancelled port arrivals as of March 28th 2024

List of vessels that have not been canceled to enter port to date as of March 28th 2024

The Port of Baltimore

The Port of Baltimore stands out as the leading hub for car shipments in the United States, boasting a remarkable record of handling over 750,000 vehicles in 2023, as reported by the Maryland Port Administration. Renowned automakers such as Nissan, Toyota, General Motors, Volvo Car, Jaguar Land Rover, and Volkswagen rely on this port for both imports and exports, catering to a wide range of vehicles, including luxury models from Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley. Additionally, the port holds the distinction of being the largest in the U.S. in terms of volume for handling farm and construction machinery, along with agricultural products. Last year, agricultural imports reached 3 million tonnes, featuring commodities like sugar, salt, gypsum, fertilizers, and forest products, according to insights shared by Ishan Bhanu, lead agricultural commodities analyst at Kpler. Other notable imports include paper/paperboard and plywood/veneer/particle board, as highlighted on the Maryland authority website. Despite being one of the smaller container ports on the Northeastern seaboard, handling 265,000 containers in the fourth quarter of the previous year, the port's strategic significance remains evident. While larger ports like the Port of New York and New Jersey handled around 2 million containers during the same period and Norfolk Port in Virginia managed 850,000, container shipping expert Lars Jensen suggests that the flow of containers to Baltimore could be efficiently redistributed to accommodate its capacity limitations.

The Vessel (Dali): Impressive, But Not the Utmost in Scale

The Dali measures 984 feet (300 meters) in length and weighs approximately 95,000 tons when empty. With a capacity nearing almost 10,000 standard-sized metal shipping containers, the Dali was carrying nearly 4,700 containers at the time of the accident. Despite these impressive numbers, the Dali falls short in comparison to the world's largest container ships, capable of transporting over 24,000 containers.  

The Dali, constructed in 2015, encountered a prior mishap in a Belgian port in July 2016. It collided with a quay while departing from the Port of Antwerp. This incident resulted in significant damage to its hull, necessitating the ship to undergo docking and detention at the port until repairs were completed.

Dali Vessel - SeaVantage Ship Insight Dashboard

Logistics crisis, response plan

In the complex world of supply chain management, disruptions like the recent incidents in the Red Sea and Baltimore can cause significant challenges. However, amidst this uncertainty, SeaVantage has been providing invaluable insights to logistics professionals across various sectors. Leveraging our advanced big data solution, we empower supply chain professionals to navigate the intricate global network with confidence. Our platform delivers real-time insights into cargo and port statuses, facilitating informed decision-making even in the face of evolving circumstances. Equipped with this foresight, supply chain professionals can proactively devise strategic response plans, ensuring operational resilience in the face of uncertainty. Trust SeaVantage to be your ally in navigating the complexities of the supply chain landscape and safeguarding your business from disruptions.

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