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The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, an 87-foot Marine Protector class vessel, prepares to escort the Motor Vessel Dali during its transit from the Port of Baltimore to the Port of Virginia, June 24, 2024. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The M/V Dali prepares for its departure from the Port of Baltimore to the Port of Virginia, June 24, 2024. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

M/V Dali Departs Baltimore

Reuters
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June 24, 2024

The M/V Dali departed from Baltimore on Monday for the first time since the containership lost power and struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, leading to the bridge’s collapse and resulting in six fatalities.

The U.S. Coast Guard oversaw the safe departure of the vessel as it transits to the Port of Virginia from the Port of Baltimore, where it has remained since the incident.

AIS data shows the ship departed at about 7 a.m. local time.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish provided a 500-yard safety zone around the Dali during transit, with the ship’s movement closely monitored by Coast Guard watchstanders at command centers in the Fifth Coast Guard District, Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, and Sector Virginia.

The Dali sailed with a full crew of 22 and six salvage experts from Resolve Marine, accompanied by four commercial tugboats and the salvage vessel Interceptor.

The Dali is set to transit to Virginia International Gateway for offloading approximately 1,500 cargo containers to reduce draft, before moving to Norfolk International Terminal for ongoing salvage and repairs due to damage from a bridge collapse.

The Dali had been at the Seagirt Marine Terminal since it was moved there on May 20. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving completed the challenging task of clearing the wreckage and restoring the channel to its original operational dimensions of 700 feet wide and 50 feet deep on June 10.

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