By Giulia Petroni

Denmark's Maersk said shipping delays may occur as a result of the Baltimore bridge collapse earlier on Tuesday as cargoes are rerouted to nearby ports.

All its services at the port are suspended until the passage is deemed safe as cargoes won't be able to reach the Helen Delich Bentley port of Baltimore for the time being due to damage caused by the collapse and resulting debris, according to the company. Cargoes already in transit will be rerouted to other ports.

"We are keeping a close eye on the safety situation in the area and continuing to assess the viability of transportation through the area," Maersk said in a customer advisory note.

The container vessel that collided with the bridge was at the time chartered by Maersk and carrying its customers' cargo, the company said in a separate statement.

The Singapore-flagged vessel--known as Dali and operated by charter company Synergy Group--was set to depart the U.S. to head to Colombo, Sri Lanka. It crashed into one of the support pillars of the Francis Scott Key bridge, causing it to collapse into the Patapsco River and sending several vehicles into the water below.

At the time of the incident, no Maersk crew and personnel were onboard.

At 1539 GMT, Maersk shares traded 2.9% lower at DKK8,840.

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