First Ships Leave Baltimore Since Bridge Collapse

April 29, 2024

First Ships Leave Baltimore Since Bridge Collapse

The first cargo ships have now left the Port of Baltimore, since the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge last month, after thousands of tons of mangled steel was cleared to create a deep-water shipping channel.

Large ships had previously been unable to enter and exit the port, since the containership ‘Dali’ lost power and crashed into the bridge on March 26, collapsing it and effectively putting Baltimore port out of commission.

The bulk-carrier ‘Balsa 94’ was the first to depart on Thursday, which headed off to New Brunswick, Canada. This was one of five vessels that had been stranded at the port since the tragedy and all have now managed to use the new channel to finally continue their journeys.

These long-awaited departures marked a major step in the recovery effort, which has seen specialist crews working around the clock to clear debris from the entrance to Baltimore’s harbor.

Other ships are now scheduled to enter the port, which ordinarily processes more cars and farm equipment than any other in the country.

As the port starts to show signs of recovery, the legal battle is already underway between the Baltimore city council and the ship owners, with the carrier not implicated due to the particulars of the charter agreement. The FBI have also launched a criminal investigation into the incident, which killed six bridge workers.

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