Baltimore, MD - Apr. 12, 2024  - The Unified Command continues to remove containers onboard M/V Dali and clear bridge wreckage at the Key Bridge incident site, Wednesday. 

Salvors continue to remove containers from the M/V Dali as part of the effort to gain access to the portion of the Key Bridge that lies atop the ship. The transfer of containers from the M/V Dali will continue in the coming days, as weather permits.

As of April 11, approximately 38 containers have been removed. The removal of these containers is a critical step required to safely move the M/V Dali and eventually fully re-open the Fort McHenry Channel. Removing containers allows for safe access to then remove the pieces of the Key Bridge that lie across the ship’s bow, taking weight off the ship and ultimately enabling the ship’s movement.

In parallel, wreckage and debris removal continued at the site, including breaking up of submerged roadbed from span 19, and the removal of a section of span 17. The rubble and debris have been taken to Sparrows Point, Maryland for processing and recycling. While marine traffic is still limited, 69 vessels have transited through since the creation of the temporary alternate channels.
“There has been incredible progress this week towards our goal to open the limited access deep draft channel,” said Col. Estee Pinchasin, commander, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Unified Command. “Our amazing team of local, state, federal and community responders remain focused on the safe and efficient removal of debris and wreckage from the federal channel and waterway.”

Contracted salvors continue to remove bridge wreckage and debris from the Patapsco River in the Wake of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, April 11, 2024. Efforts continue to reopen the main shipping channel.

(U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Himes)

Contracted Salvors remove crushed gravel from submerged portions of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, April 10, 2024. The transfer of containers and removal of wreckage will continue in the coming days, as weather permits.

(U.S. Coast Guard video by Auxilliarist Hector Corrales)