Work cleaning up Key Bridge collapse continues

Contracted salvors continue to remove bridge wreckage from the Patapsco River in efforts to reopen the shipping channel in Baltimore, April 10, 2024

Contracted salvors continue to remove bridge wreckage from the Patapsco River in efforts to reopen the shipping channel in Baltimore, April 10, 2024. Debris and wreckage removal is on-going in support of a top priority to safely and efficiently open the Fort McHenry channel. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy asset)

Written from press release

BALTIMORE — April 13, 2024

Progress continues in the cleanup efforts following the Key Bridge incident, as authorities work to clear wreckage and debris, officials said Friday.

Led by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Transportation Authority, and Maryland State Police, the Key Bridge Response Unified Command provided an update on the situation.

According to the latest report released Friday, salvage teams are actively removing containers from the M/V Dali, a crucial step in accessing the portion of the Key Bridge resting atop the vessel. Despite ongoing challenges, approximately 38 containers have been successfully removed as of April 11.

“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,” said Col. Estee Pinchasin, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, and Unified Command member.

In tandem with container removal, efforts to clear wreckage and debris at the site persist. This includes the dismantling of submerged roadbed from span 19 and the removal of a section of span 17. The collected rubble and debris are being transported to Sparrows Point, Maryland, for processing and recycling.

Despite progress, maritime traffic remains restricted, with a temporary alternate channel facilitating the passage of 69 vessels since its establishment.

Maintaining safety remains paramount, with a 2000-yard maritime Safety Zone encircling the incident site. Additionally, a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been implemented within a two nautical mile radius from the center of the bridge, extending up to 1500 feet above ground level. Any unauthorized drone activity within this zone is strictly prohibited.

The Key Bridge Response 2024 Unified Command emphasized its commitment to transparency and urged the public to report any encountered debris from the incident via a designated hotline.

For further updates and information on the maritime transportation system status, authorities direct individuals to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland – National Capital Region Homeport page.

Businesses and individuals affected by the Port closure are encouraged to utilize available resources, including a Benefit Line for Port of Baltimore Workers and Disaster Loan Assistance.

Contracted salvors continue to remove bridge wreckage from the Patapsco River in efforts to reopen the shipping channel in Baltimore, April 10, 2024

Contracted salvors continue to remove bridge wreckage from the Patapsco River in efforts to reopen the shipping channel in Baltimore, April 10, 2024. Debris and wreckage removal is on-going in support of a top priority to safely and efficiently open the Fort McHenry channel.(U.S. Coast Guard courtesy asset)

Contracted salvors continue to remove bridge wreckage from the Patapsco River in efforts to reopen the shipping channel in Baltimore, April 10, 2024

Contracted salvors continue to remove bridge wreckage from the Patapsco River in efforts to reopen the shipping channel in Baltimore, April 10, 2024. Debris and wreckage removal is on-going in support of a top priority to safely and efficiently open the Fort McHenry channel. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy asset)

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