One month has passed since the Singaporean-flagged container vessel Dali allided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which connects Hawkins Point and Dundalk, Maryland, resulting in the bridge’s collapse into the lower Patapsco River. This incident brought all maritime traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore to a standstill.

Officials now expect to have removed the Dali containership by May 10, according to a news release from the port of Baltimore.

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the port has announced that the Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel will be reopened to a depth of 45-feet on or about May 10 following the expected removal of the Dali vessel.

Officials said the channel will be open to commercially essential vessels from 8 pm until 7 am and have a 300-foot horizontal clearance and a vertical clearance of 214 feet due to BGE powerlines.

Dali boxship that hit Baltimore bridge to be removed by May 10

Deep draft vessels using this channel will require a Maryland Pilot and a two tug escort. Transits must be at the slowest safe speed but not to exceed 10 knots.

The three other temporary channels currently in use (the 20, 14, and 11-foot deep channels) remain open and should be utilized by vessels that do not require the deeper channel.

The 2,000-yard safety zone around the Key Bridge remains in effect and is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment.

As the port of Baltimore reminds, no vessel or person will be permitted to enter the safety zone without first obtaining permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or a designated representative.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to reopen the port of Baltimore’s permanent 700-foot wide, 50-foot deep channel by the end of May.