“Exclusive: 22 Indian Crew Members Aboard Ship Linked to Baltimore Bridge Collapse”


Baltimore Bridge Collapse : Synergy Marine Group stated in a statement on Tuesday that all 22 members of the crew aboard the cargo ship that collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday morning are Indian. The company said all members of the crew are safe.

DALI’s collision(watch video)

According to the statement, the Singapore-flagged container ship “DALI” (IMO 9697428) collided with a pylon of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore around 01:30 local time during its operation with two pilots on board.

The company informed that accounts have been settled for all crew members including the two pilots. It stated, “There is no news of anyone being injured. No pollution has occurred.” The company said, “‘DALI’ has now activated its competent personal incident response service.” It was stated, “US Coast Guard and local authorities have been informed, and the owners and managers are cooperating fully with federal and state government agencies under an approved plan.”

Details of the vessel ‘DALI’

Sharing details of the vessel ‘DALI’, Synergy Marine Group said that the ship has a capacity of 10,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units), while there were 4,679 TEUs on board. It was said that the vessel is owned by Greystoke Ocean Private Limited; all members of the crew were Indian, totaling 22 individuals. The ship was en route from the port of Baltimore to its destination in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

What happened in Baltimore?

A container ship named ‘DALI’ was passing under the Patapsco River when it collided with one of the pillars of the bridge, causing the entire structure to fall into the water. Reuters reported, “There was no indication of terrorism.” Francis Scott Key Bridge was one of the three ways to cross Baltimore Harbor and handled 31,000 vehicles per day or 11.3 million vehicles per year.

After the collision, traffic was halted at the port. This is one of the smallest container ports on the East Coast, handling nearly ten percent of the containers passing through the ports of New York and New Jersey.

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What was the cause of the accident?

Synergy Marine Group said that the exact cause of the incident has not yet been determined. Governor Wes Moore of Maryland, however, claimed that electrical damage was sustained by the container ship.

As reported by the news outlet AFP, “We have received confirmation that the crew notified authorities regarding the electrical issue.” The response to the question of whether the ship had lost power from a support pillar before to collision was “Yes.”

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