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Baltimore bridge collapse: following a ship collision, rescuers explore the water

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Following a collision with a container ship, a significant bridge in the American port of Baltimore collapsed in the early hours of Tuesday, sending automobiles and up to 20 people into the river below.

Huge sections of the 1.6-mile (2.57-kilometer) Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed into the Patapsco River, prompting rescuers to hunt for survivors in the river.

According to Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department, “numerous vehicles, and possibly a tractor-trailer or a vehicle as large as a tractor-trailer, (that) went into the river” could have been in addition to up to 20 people.

“This is a mass-casualty, multi-agency event,” he said. “This operation is going to extend for many days.”

The ship crashed into the bridge in the dark, as seen in a live video that was uploaded to YouTube. As the bridge fell into the ocean and the ship caught fire, one could see the headlights of passing cars on it.

Governor Wes Moore of Maryland issued an emergency proclamation. “Working with an interagency team to quickly deploy federal resources from the Biden Administration,” he added in a statement. On X (formerly Twitter), the FBI in Baltimore said that its agents were “on scene”.

With over 750,000 cars handled in 2022, Baltimore is the busiest port in the United States for automotive shipments, according to figures from the Maryland Port Administration.

According to shipping and insurance experts, it was not immediately obvious if any other vessels had sustained damage or if shipping operations had been suspended to and from the port.

“We received several 911 calls at around 1:30 am, that a vessel struck the Key Bridge in Baltimore, causing the collapse,” Cartwright stated.

According to Baltimore police, the incident was reported to them at 1:35 a.m. ET (5:35 GMT).

The ship, named Dali, was recognized by LSEG ship tracking data as a container ship flying the Singapore flag. According to LSEG statistics, Synergy Marine Group is the ship’s manager and Grace Ocean Pte Ltd is its registered owner.

According to Synergy Marine Corp, all members of the Dali’s crew—including the two pilots—had been accounted for following the collision with one of the bridge’s pillars, and no injuries had been reported.

According to a statement from the Danish company, the shipping company Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) had chartered the Dali at the time of the incident.

“We are horrified by what has happened in Baltimore, and our thoughts are with all of those affected,” Maersk said.

Baltimore Port is the busiest port in the United States, handling 847,158 cars and light trucks through its public and private facilities in 2023. According to a website maintained by the Maryland government, the port also handles coal, sugar, gypsum, and farm and construction equipment.

Major automakers like Nissan, Toyota, General Motors, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Volkswagen group—which includes high-end Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley models—handle imports and exports through this port.

According to data from ship tracking and marine analytics service MarineTraffic, around 40 ships, including tugboats, pleasure vessels, and small cargo ships, were still inside the Baltimore harbor. The data indicated that at least thirty other ships had indicated that Baltimore was their destination.

 

 

 

 

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