“This will mark an essential first step alongside the highway to reopening the port of Baltimore. By opening this alternate route, we’ll assist the movement of marine site visitors into Baltimore,” Capt. David O’Connell mentioned.

A crane stands by at Tradepoint Atlantic terminal close to the wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)(AP/Julia Nikhinson)

The captain of the Port of Baltimore says it’s working to open a brief alternate channel for commercially important vessels close to the northeast facet of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge.

In an up to date assertion Sunday night from the Key Bridge Response workforce and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, officers mentioned that the non permanent channel marked the continued phased strategy to opening the primary channel after the bridge was struck, collapsing and killing six building staff.

Since the primary channel has been blocked because the collapse, vessel site visitors to and from all the port’s terminals has stopped.

The non permanent channel would come with government-lighted buoys to navigation, officers said in a statement. It may also have “a controlling depth of 11 toes, a 264-foot horizontal clearance and vertical clearance 96 toes.”

“This will mark an essential first step alongside the highway to reopening the port of Baltimore. By opening this alternate route, we’ll assist the movement of marine site visitors into Baltimore,” Capt. David O’Connell mentioned.

As of Sunday night, a 2,000-yard security zone across the Key Bridge wreckage stays in impact “to guard personnel, vessels and the marine setting.” No boats are allowed to enter the security zone with out permission.

Statements didn’t explicitly state when the non permanent channel can be operational.

Response officers mentioned seafarers ought to stay conscious of updates via the “Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) by way of VHF-FM marine channel 16.”

Anyone within the public who encounters particles from the Key Bridge collapse is inspired to name the Debris Reporting Hotline at (410) 205-6625.

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