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Dali, Maryland awarded $60 million for cleanup, poses no immediate public health risks

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 30, 2024
Dali, Maryland awarded $60 million for cleanup, poses no immediate public health risks

Governor Wes Moore and officials from the United States Coast Guard held a news conference on Thursday night to address the situation involving the wreckage of the Dali vessel. They emphasized that there is currently no immediate public health threat from the wreckage or spilled cargo. The nearly 1,000 foot Singaporean vessel collided with a pylon at the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing the bridge to collapse into the Patapsco River in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Sadly, six construction workers are presumed dead, with two bodies having been recovered so far.

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath reported that 14 containers on the vessel were impacted, containing primarily soap, perfume, and some resin material. It is unclear whether the contents of these containers are still onboard the boat or have gone overboard. The USCG is actively monitoring potential air threats through air monitoring and has deployed 2400 feet of sorbent boom to contain leakage from the site.

On Wednesday night, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) observed a sheen on the water, raising concerns about environmental threats to aquatic life. Gilreath suspects this may be from approximately 80 liters of oil associated with a bowel thruster on the ship. The state has been approved for $60 million in federal relief to aid in clearing the debris, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers covering the full cost of clearing the channel. Additionally, Department of Transportation emergency relief funding will cover the majority of the bridge rebuild costs.

Senator Chris Van Hollen emphasized the importance of getting the port of Baltimore back to full operation, stating it is a priority for everyone involved. Plans are in place to bring a 1,000 foot crane to the Key Bridge site, with another large crane set to arrive by Saturday to assist in salvage operations.

By Samantha Johnson

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