Baltimore Shipping Lane Reopens After Two-Month Closure Due to Bridge Collision

The Baltimore shipping lane, which had been blocked for over two months following a cargo ship collision with a major bridge in March, fully reopened on Monday, according to authorities.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, in collaboration with Navy salvage divers, successfully restored the channel to its original dimensions by removing approximately 50,000 tons of debris from the Patapsco River, as stated by the Key Bridge Response Unified Command.

On Monday, the riverbed was certified as safe for transit.

“We are proud of the unified efforts that fully reopened the Federal Channel to port operations,” said Lieutenant General Scott Spellmon, commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers. “The partnerships that endured through this response made this pivotal mission successful.”

The incident occurred on March 26 when the Singapore-flagged M/V Dali lost power and crashed into a support column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The collision caused the bridge to collapse, resulting in the deaths of six road workers who had been filling potholes overnight. The 106,000-ton ship was en route to Sri Lanka at the time.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FBI are investigating the incident, with the NTSB noting that the ship experienced two electrical blackouts just before the disaster. Last month, the Dali was refloated and towed back to port.

The Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest in the United States and a key hub for the auto industry, handled nearly 850,000 autos and light trucks last year, more than any other US port, according to state figures.

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