Dali departs Baltimore


The container ship Dali departed Baltimore for Virginia, nearly three months after colliding with Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The Singapore-flagged container ship M/V Dali has finally departed Baltimore and is en route to Virginia, nearly three months after an incident that led to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

On Monday, June 24, the 10,000 TEU Dali began its journey from Baltimore to Virginia with the assistance of four tugboats. The salvage vessel Interceptor from Resolve Marine is following closely behind.

The container ship is sailing under its own power with a full crew of 22 and six salvage experts from Resolve Marine.

This departure follows the ship’s loss of power and collision with a supporting column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, resulting in its collapse. Following the accident, the ship was trapped under the steel structure of the bridge for almost two months. An extensive salvage operation freed the vessel on May 20, allowing for the clearing of wreckage to be completed and the Baltimore Federal Channel to fully reopen for vessel traffic.

Dali is owned by Singapore-based Grace Ocean and managed by Synergy Marine. The 9,962 TEU containership is chartered by Maersk, operating on a 2M alliance service between Baltimore and the Far East. The ship was en route from Baltimore to Colombo when the collision occurred.

Grace Ocean has declared general average on the incident.

“During the transit, the Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, an 87-foot Marine Protector-class patrol boat homeported in Virginia Beach, will provide a 500-yard safety zone around the Dali while Coast Guard watchstanders at command centers in the Fifth Coast Guard District, in Portsmouth, Virginia, Sector Maryland-National Capital Region and Sector Virginia will closely monitor the ship’s movement as it transits through each captain of the port zone,” USCG said.

The Coast Guard said that Dali is scheduled to transit directly to Virginia International Gateway to have roughly 1,500 cargo containers offloaded to reduce draft. The vessel will then transit further to Norfolk International Terminal where it is slated to undergo continued salvage and repairs from damage caused during the bridge collapse.

Meanwhile, vessel transit and cargo operations are returning to normal at the Port of Baltimore following the reopening of the Federal Channel. According to Mark Schmidt, VP and General Manager of Ports America Chesapeake, the port is expected to restore operations at pre-closure levels by mid-July.

The Port of Baltimore is one of the largest handlers of speciality wheeled transport shipments, agriculture, and coal, serving two-thirds of the U.S. for their goods.

According to Maryland Governor Wes Moore, the launch of the Maryland Tough, Baltimore Strong Alliance has played a crucial role in preserving jobs at the port and enticing shippers back, following the accident that forced them to redirect their ships and operations elsewhere.

The alliance, consisting of over 180 businesses and philanthropic organizations, has made commitments to ensure no layoffs for individuals previously employed at the Port of Baltimore and to support companies in transitioning their operations back to the port.

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