Tug becomes stuck, Port of Baltimore temporarily closed

Pusher tug Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder (IMO 8955732) became stuck in the bay near Perry Monument on its way in for winter work on the afternoon of January 3rd. Ice breaking was expected to start that day so ships could get through. Some were to be berthed at Dobbins Landing, Erie, Pennsylvania. 1999-built, USA-flagged, 1,090 gt Dorothy Ann is owned and managed by Interlake Steamship Co of Ohio, USA. It is entered with Steamship (Americas syndicate) on behalf of Interlake Steamship Co.

Meanwhile, terminals in Baltimore, Norfolk and Newport News were blocked off entirely to merchant shipping after the US Coast Guard closed the Chesapeake Bay entrance on the evening of January 3rd. Blizzard conditions and high winds rendered navigation hazardous, and the Coast Guard Captain of the Port closed Hampton Roads to traffic. “The impending blizzard will cause a variety of maritime hazards, including strong winds, zero visibility, topside icing and heavy seas,” said Captain Rick Wester, Sector Hampton Roads Captain of the Port. The Maryland Department of Transportation said that crews pre-treated and salted the public marine terminals on Wednesday. No cruise ships were scheduled to leave from the Port of Baltimore until Sunday.