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

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

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

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., the 984-foot-long “Dali” set off with four tugboats.

The “Dali” is operating under its own power with a crew of 22 and six salvage experts, the US Coast Guard said in a press release.

The coast guard monitored the voyage and maintained a 465-meter-wide safety zone around the Dali during the journey.

The Dali was scheduled to head directly to the Virginia International Gateway to unload about 1,500 cargo containers to reduce the draft, the Coast Guard said. The ship was then scheduled to continue to the Norfolk International Terminal, where salvage and repair work on the damage caused by the bridge collapse would continue.

Shortly after leaving Baltimore Harbor early on March 26, the ship lost power and propulsion and crashed into one of the bridge’s support pillars, killing six construction workers.

On May 20, the Dali was refloated and returned to port. The ship was stuck among the wreckage for nearly two months, with a massive steel girder hanging over its damaged bow.

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the ship experienced two power outages in the hours before it left the Port of Baltimore. Just before the bridge collapsed, another power outage occurred and the ship veered off course. The agency is still investigating what caused the power outages.

The FBI launched a criminal investigation.

Last week, the Dali crew members were allowed to return home under an agreement upheld by a federal judge. None of the crew members had been allowed to leave the United States since the crash. Under the agreement, the crew members can return home but must be available to testify.

In what will likely be an emotional moment, Katie Pumphrey will swim across the site of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. News4’s Megan McGrath reports on the event and explains how the swim is expected to help those affected by the bridge collapse.

The collapse has impacted the jobs of thousands of dockworkers, truck drivers and small business owners, so local and state officials have prioritized reopening the port and restoring normal traffic to mitigate the economic fallout.

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

Officials have said they expect the bridge to be rebuilt by 2028.