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Salvage crews preparing the removal of Baltimore bridge sector from top of containership

 

The Key Bridge Unified Command has indicated that salvors are preparing to remove the piece of the bridge that is still lying on top of the Dali containership that struck the bridge on March 26.

“The complexities of this next phase of operations require thorough preparation, strategic planning, and specialized expertise,” said Capt. David O’Connell, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Key Bridge Unified Command. “We have the right team making this work happen in the safest and most efficient way possible.”

The operation aimed at refloating the vessel involves delicately handling roadbed material, crushed containers, and remains of the bridge on the ship’s bow.

Officials say they plan to reopen the deep channel around May 10 and to reopen the full channel by the end of May.

Specialized equipment is being used to precisely monitor the positioning and movement of the ship and the bridge wreckage in contact with it. To facilitate the removal of the steel structure, referred to as “section four,” 182 containers have been removed from the ship.

(USCG photo)

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