Ship that caused US bridge collapse in Baltimore has been refloated

Staff Writers
One of the biggest cranes in America has arrived at the scene of the devastating Baltimore Bridge collapse to help clear the wreckage.

The container ship that caused the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge has been refloated and has begun slowly moving back to port.

The Dali had remained at the collapse site since it lost power and crashed into one of the bridge’s supporting columns on March 26, killing six construction workers and snarling traffic into Baltimore Harbor.

The ship appeared to start moving shortly after 6am on Monday as crews started to manoeuvre it out of the wreckage.

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It started and stopped a few times before slowly backing away from the collapse site.

Officials said it would move about 1.6km/h on the 4km trip, a fraction of the speed it was travelling when it lost power and crashed into the bridge.

Pieces of the bridge’s steel trusses protruded from its bow, which remained covered in concrete from the collapsed roadway.

Officials have said they plan to unload the ship’s containers and complete some short-term repairs while it’s docked in Baltimore.

Crews work to move the cargo ship Dali in Baltimore, Monday
The Dali had remained at the collapse site since it hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

Monday morning’s high tide had been expected to bring the best conditions for crews to refloat and start moving the ship, according to a statement from the Key Bridge Response Unified Command.

Several tugboats were escorting the Dali on its path to the marine terminal.

The work is expected to last at least 21 hours.

Crews conducted a controlled demolition on May 13 to break down the largest remaining span of the collapsed bridge.

The Dali experienced four electrical blackouts within about 10 hours before leaving the Port of Baltimore for Sri Lanka and hitting the bridge, according to a preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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