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Dali’s ship leaves Baltimore for Norfolk after bridge disaster – NBC4 Washington

By meerna Jun25,2024
Dali’s ship leaves Baltimore for Norfolk after bridge disaster – NBC4 Washington

The cargo ship Dali sailed from Baltimore for Virginia on Monday, nearly three months after the ship lost power and struck one of the support columns of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing the bridge to collapse.

The 300-meter Dali set sail just before 8:30 a.m. with four tugboats.

In a news release, the U.S. Coast Guard said Dali sailed under her own power with a full crew of 22 and six salvage experts.

The coast guard supervised the voyage and ensured a 500-meter safety zone around Dali during the voyage.

According to the Coast Guard, the Dali was scheduled to sail directly to the Virginia International Gateway, where about 1,500 cargo containers were offloaded to reduce the draft. The ship would then continue to the Norfolk International Terminal, where it would undergo further salvage and repairs following damage sustained during the bridge collapse.

Shortly after leaving the port of Baltimore in early March on March 26, the ship lost power and propulsion and struck one of the bridge’s support columns, killing six construction workers.

On May 20, the “Dali” was refloated and returned to port. The ship was stuck among the wreckage for almost two months, with a massive steel truss on its damaged bow.

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the ship suffered two power outages hours before it left the Port of Baltimore. Moments before the bridge collapsed, it lost power again and veered off course. The agency is still investigating what caused the electrical failure.

The FBI launched an investigation.

Last week, under an agreement affirmed by a federal judge, Dali crew members were allowed to return home. Since the crash, none of the crew members have been allowed to leave the United States. Under the agreement, crew members can return home but must be ready to testify.

In what will likely be a thrilling moment, Katie Pumphrey will swim across the site where the Francis Scott Key Bridge once stood. News4’s Megan McGrath shares the story and more on how swimming will help those affected by the bridge collapse.

Thousands of longshoremen, truck drivers and small business owners saw their jobs impacted by the collapse, prompting local and state officials to prioritize reopening the port and restoring normal traffic in hopes of easing the economic impact.

Earlier this month, officials announced the reopening of the Federal Canal at Fort McHenry after wreckage was cleared from the 700-foot-wide and 50-foot-deep canal.

Officials expressed hope that the bridge would be rebuilt by 2028.

By meerna

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