Baltimore is Maryland’s largest and most important port city. Rich in history, Baltimore is home to dozens of historic sites and other landmarks.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is famous for its National Aquarium, tall ships, architecture, landmarks, museums, historical buildings, public parks, food, art, and other attractions.

The port of Baltimore includes the lower Patapsco River, Curtis Bay, and the city’s eastern border with the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore’s modern commercial shipping infrastructure and skilled workforce are among the most efficient in the nation.

Container ships and other large vessels reach Baltimore from the south via the shipping channel or from the north via the C&D Canal. Large vessels are escorted to their berths by tugboats and other support vessels.

On March 26, 2024, U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report that the 984-foot Singapore-flagged containership DALI had collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the bridge collapsed, and persons had gone in the water.

Response boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Curtis Bay and Annapolis were immediately deployed and began search and rescue efforts. The collapsed remains of the bridge blocked large vessel traffic, resulting in a closure of Baltimore Harbor.

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