New Development on Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse Site: Alternate Channel Now Open

New Development on Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse Site: Alternate Channel Now Open
Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott responds to racist remarks

Baltimore officials have opened a temporary shipping route around the wreckage of the Francis Key Scott Key Bridge to get trade and movement of goods in and out of the port up and running as soon as possible.

Captain David O’Connell described this as “an important first step along the road to reopening the port of Baltimore”. A second temporary route for deeper vessels will open in the coming days, officials said.

The first section of the collapsed bridge was removed from the Patapsco River over the weekend, marking an important step towards removing the wreckage and getting the crucial port back up and running.

After removing a 200-tonne segment, workers are now focusing on lifting a 350-tonne section of the bridge while leaving the crumpled part resting on the bow of the Dali container ship. Meanwhile, parts of the wreckage have reportedly been discovered on nearby beaches.

The progress comes after Maryland governor Wes Moore warned the disaster is a “national economic catastrophe” that may have a wide-ranging impact on the US economy.

“People have to remember this is not a Baltimore catastrophe, not a Maryland catastrophe,” he told CNN on Sunday.

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Watch: Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott responds to racist remarks

Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott responds to racist remarks since Key Bridge collapse

Michelle Del Rey2 April 2024 08:00

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Stranded crew to remain onboard till end of probe

The stranded 21 crew members on board the Dali cargo vessel will remain on the ship until the completion of the investigation.

The ship has been stuck under Francis Scott Key Bridge debris with 4,000 containers and its mostly Indian crew since last Tuesday after the vessel lost power and collided with a support column of the bridge.

“The crew members are busy with their normal duties on the ship as well as assisting the National Transportation Safety Board and Coast Guard investigators on board,” a spokesperson of Singapore’s Grace Ocean Pte and Synergy Marine told news agency PTI.

The spokesperson said US authorities have begun interviewing the Dali crew members, of whom one is a Sri Lankan national.

“At this time, we do not know how long the investigation process will take and until that process is complete, the crew will remain on board.”

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar2 April 2024 07:30

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What will a temporary channel in Baltimore port look like?

According to the Unified Command, the temporary channel will be marked with government lighted aids to help navigate ships through the port and around the wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge and the Dali ship.

The channel will have a controlling depth of 11 feet, a 264-foot horizontal clearance, and vertical clearance 96 feet.

Officials have said that the current 2,000-yard safety zone around the bridge will remain in place and that no vessel or indiviudals will be allowed to enter that zone.

The launch of a temporary channel comes as officials are trying to limit the toll the disaster will take on local, national and global trade and the economy.

Michelle Del Rey2 April 2024 07:00

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In pics: Race against time to clear debris

Wreckage from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge rests on the cargo ship Dali

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Debris is cleared from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge

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Alisha Rahaman Sarkar2 April 2024 06:30

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Baltimore’s mayor calls for bipartisan Key Bridge repair as he faces GOP opposition

The mayor of the city of Baltimore is calling on Congress to act as a united body in response to the devastation caused by the crash of a massive container ship into his city’s iconic Francis Scott Key Bridge, which destroyed the crossing and has shut down one of the biggest ports on the East Coast.

Mayor Brandon Scott appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation and told guest host Ed O’Keefe that the disaster was more than just an issue for his state, citing the specific sectors likely to be impacted by the expected months-long closure of the port. The Port of Baltimore is the largest import site for foreign automobiles in the United States, and also services other sectors including agriculture.

“This should not be something that has anything or any conversation around party,” he told CBS. “It matters to the global economy.”

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Michelle Del Rey2 April 2024 06:00

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A week later, Dali crew members still stranded on vessel

At least 21 crew members onborad the Dali container vessel were stranded on the ship for the last week since the collapse of Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

The ship has been stuck under steel bridge debris with 4,000 containers and its mostly Indian crew since last Tuesday after the vessel lost power and collided with a support column of the bridge.

The stranded men were “rattled” and keeping quiet about their situation as the investigation continues, said Joshua Messick, the executive director of non-profit Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center.

“They’re not saying much at all to anyone who has been in touch with them,” he told BBC.

“They didn’t have WiFi until Saturday and they didn’t really know what the perception of the rest of the world was. They weren’t sure if they were being blamed, or demonised. They just didn’t know what to expect.”

“They are also in a very sensitive situation. What they can say can reflect on the company. I would imagine that they’ve been advised to keep a low-profile for the time being,” Mr Messick added.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar2 April 2024 05:30

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ICYMI: The timeline of the events before the crash

Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have unveiled a more precise timeline of exactly what happened in the runup to the cargo ship’s brutal collision with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Here’s the NTSB’s revised timeline of the disaster, given in hours, minutes and seconds after experts’ first full day examining the scene on Wednesday:

12.39am: Dali container ship departs from Seagirt Marine Terminal.

1.07am: It enters Fort McHenry Channel.

1.24.59am: Numerous audible alarms recorded on ship’s bridge audio. Voyage data recorder (VDR) stops recording the vessel’s system data, although it is able to continue taping audio from alternative power source.

1.26.02am: VDR resumes recording ship’s system data after glitch. Steering commands and orders regarding its rudder captured on audio.

1.26.39am: Pilot issues very high frequency (VHF) radio call to nearby tugboats requesting assistance for the stricken vessel. Pilot association dispatcher also notifies Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) duty officer regarding blackout, according to data from latter organisation.

1.27.04am: Pilot orders ship’s port anchor to be dropped and issues additional steering commands.

1.27.25am: Pilot issues radio call over VHF radio, reports that vessel has lost all power and is approaching bridge. Transit authority duty officer radios two of its units — one on each side of bridge — that are already on scene and orders them to close traffic. All lanes shut down.

1.29am: Ship’s speed recorded at just under 8 miles per hour. VDR records 33 seconds of sound consistent with vessel’s smash with bridge. MDTA dash cameras meanwhile capture bridge lights going out.

01.29.39am: Pilot radios US Coast Guard to report bridge is down.

Michelle Del Rey2 April 2024 05:00

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Vessels start moving out of Baltimore

Limited ship traffic resumed for the first time after recovery teams opened a temporary channel with a controlling depth of 11 feet on the northbound side of the wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The first vessel to transit the channel was a tugboat pushing a barge supplying jet fuel to the US Department of Defence, the Coast Guard said.

A second temporary channel on the southbound side with a depth of 15 to 16 feet would open “in the coming days”, Maryland governor Wes Moore said.

A third channel with a depth of 20 to 25 feet would allow almost all tug and barge traffic in and out of the port after the debris was cleared, said Coast Guard rear admiral Shannon Gilreath.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar2 April 2024 04:31

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Barge hits bridge in Oklahoma just days after Baltimore tragedy

A highway in Oklahoma was temporarily shut on Saturday after a barge struck a bridge over the Arkansas River, just days after the tragic collision in Maryland.

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Michelle Del Rey2 April 2024 04:00

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PICTURED: Wreckage of Baltimore bridge disaster starts to be removed

A crane stands by at Tradepoint Atlantic terminal near the wreckage:

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Debris is cleared from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge:

Debris is cleared from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge

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This aerial view shows the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge lying on top of the container ship Dali in Baltimore:

This aerial view shows the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge lying on top of the container ship Dali in Baltimore

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