Containership moved from Baltimore bridge crash site

  • Market: Freight
  • 20/05/24

The containership that collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, in March has been moved from the accident scene to a nearby marine terminal.

The 116,851dwt Dali had been pinned under the wreckage of the bridge since 26 March, when it lost power and hit the span, sending it into the water. Earlier this month the sections of bridge still on the ship were removed and on Monday the ship was refloated and relocated.

The bridge collapse blocked traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore, which is a major coal export and automobile import terminal. Several small, shallower channels had been open to allow some vessel traffic, but not the largest ships that normally make call in Baltimore.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is seeking to have the main channel, with a depth of 15.24m (50 feet), reopened by the end of May.


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