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Baltimore port crisis: World's largest container ship company, MSC, dumps diverted cargo problem on US companies

MSC, the largest ocean carrier in the world, has joined the list of ocean carriers terminating the delivery of diverted containers outside of the port for shipping clients as a result of the container ship accident near the Port of Baltimore that led to the tragic bridge collapse. With the Baltimore port indefinitely closed, the decision places the onus of cargo pick up at a diverted port and transport to its final destination on the shipper.

In an email to customers obtained by CNBC on Thursday, MSC explained that for customer containers already on the water bound for the Port of Baltimore, cargo will be rerouted and discharged at an alternate port where it will be made available for pick-up.

"For these shipments, the contract of carriage will be declared terminated at this alternate port and storage, D&Ds and on-carriage costs to the initially intended destination will be for the sole cargo's account," the MSC advisory said.

MSC added that "passage to and from Baltimore is at this time impossible and will not be reestablished for several weeks if not months."

CMA CGM, COSCO, and Evergreen were the first carriers to announce similar moves and in some cases formally declare "force majeure," a legal term which refers to the right to waive contract duties when events beyond a party's control occur.

MSC said in its customer communication that it "apologizes for the disruption caused by this contingency plan which is required in response to events beyond our control, but which is taken in compliance with the terms of the contract of carriage."

MSC did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

Maersk is the only major carrier to say it will provide transport from diverted ports for customers. 

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