All Indian Crew Aboard Ship Involved in Baltimore Bridge Collapse

In a developing story, the Synergy Marine Group confirmed that all 22 crew members aboard the cargo ship involved in the collision with the Baltimore bridge early Tuesday are of Indian nationality. The company reassured that all crew members, along with the two pilots, are safe following the incident.

According to the statement released by the company, the Singapore-flagged container ship, named “Dali,” collided with one of the pillars of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore around 1:30 am local time. The vessel was under pilotage with two pilots onboard at the time of the collision.

The press release further stated that there are no reports of injuries or pollution resulting from the collision. The company has initiated its Qualified Individual Incident response service, and it is fully cooperating with federal and state government agencies as per an approved plan. The US Coast Guard and local officials have been notified of the incident.

Providing details about the vessel ‘Dali,’ the Synergy Marine Group mentioned that it has a capacity of 10,000 TEU, with 4,679 TEU onboard. The vessel, owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd, was outbound from Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The collision caused significant damage to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, one of three crossings over the Baltimore Harbor, which typically handles 31,000 cars per day or 11.3 million vehicles annually. Traffic at the port was suspended following the incident.

While the exact cause of the collision is yet to be determined, Maryland Governor Wes Moore stated that the container ship had experienced a loss of power before the incident. Six individuals from a nighttime construction crew working on the bridge were reported missing, prompting an evacuation effort. Search divers looking for the missing workers were expected to return near dawn on Wednesday to the waters surrounding the twisted ruins of a bridge knocked down in Baltimore Harbor by a faltering cargo ship, leaving six workers missing and presumed dead. 

The rapid response prompted by a ‘mayday’ call from the container ship, is commended by the US President and Governor Moore.

United States President Joe Biden commending the alertness of the 22 Indian-origin personnel aboard ‘Dali’ said, “Personnel onboard the ship were able to alert the Maryland Department of Transportation that they had lost control of their vessel.”

As a result, local authorities were able to close the bridge to traffic before the bridge was struck, which undoubtedly saved lives,” Biden said during his comments at the White House.

Governor Moore had described the responders as heroes for their efforts in saving lives during the incident.

Further updates are expected as investigations continue into the cause of the collision and the extent of the damage.

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