Two ships collide in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during Fleet Week; minor damage reported

Published 9/11/2022 1:54 p.m. EDT, Updated 9/12/2022 12:53 p.m. EDT

A kayaker takes a photo of the Danmark ship and flight demonstration happening during Baltimore’s FleetWeek at the Inner Harbor.

Two ships collided in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Sunday morning during Maryland Fleet Week, a celebration of the region’s naval contributions.

The crash caused “minor damage” and no injuries were reported, according to Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman Amanda Krotki.

The collision happened about 11:20 a.m., according to Krotki. A tugboat was pulling the Danish ship Danmark when the foreign vessel smashed some wood pilings. The tug pulled the Danmark into a into a U.S. Navy vessel, the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, she said.

A video of the incident shared on Twitter shows the spar of one ship crashing into the railing of the other’s deck in slow motion. The Danish ship has since departed, according to Krotki.

Multiple foreign and domestic military vessels docked in the Inner Harbor for the biennial celebration, which also features flyovers from historic planes by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.


A previous version of this article misidentified the nationality of the Danmark, based on information provided by a police spokeswoman. It is a Danish ship, not Dutch.

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