Baltimore Bridge container ship refloated and towed

Baltimore Bridge container ship refloated and towed
Baltimore Bridge container ship refloated and towed

The container ship that struck and collapsed the main bridge at the US port of Baltimore was refloated Monday and towed to a nearby shipyard.

The operation, almost two months after the accident which caused the death of six workers working on the structure, took place using high tide and should facilitate the resumption of maritime traffic in the port.

At least five tugboats took part in the maneuver, which began on Sunday and lasted around twenty hours, according to an AFP photographer on site, their task consisting of moving the 300 meter long ship over a distance of around 4 kilometers.

On March 26, the container ship Dali, flying the Singaporean flag, suffered several electrical damage and crashed into the Francis Scott Key highway bridge, which collapsed like a house of cards.

Six workers who were carrying out repair work on the bridge deck, all Latin American immigrants, were killed. Since then, the Dali has still partly blocked the access channel to this important port for trade on the east coast of the United States.

The Dali’s crew members – the majority of Indian nationality – have not been allowed to leave the ship since the accident, but will be now that the boat is docked in Baltimore.

The bow of the container ship remains cluttered with metal beams and huge cement blocks that formed a bridge pier.

Likewise, the clearance of debris from the structure has not been completed in the channel, where deep water vessel traffic will not be restored until next week. However, a temporary channel allows navigation to pass through. The US federal police have opened a criminal investigation into the accident.

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