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Bridge Salvage Operations Continue Despite Inclement Weather

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 3, 2024

(Photo: Alejandro Rivera / U.S. Coast Guard)

(Photo: Alejandro Rivera / U.S. Coast Guard)

The Unified Command continues to coordinate response operations to the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse despite the challenging weather conditions which included severe thunderstorms and high winds on Wednesday.

Trained crews, in conjunction with the Unified Command, are conducting routine salvage assessments. Divers are on scene to conduct underwater surveys along with mapping out plans for future wreckage removal.  

“Our operations continue but will be adjusted as necessary in response to any adverse weather conditions,” said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Frank Schiano, Salvage Branch Director of the Key Bridge Response 2024.

The main channel of the Patapsco River has been blocked since the fully loaded container ship Dali lost power and rammed into a support column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge last month. The bridge collapsed, killing six road workers.

The Maryland Department of the Environment received the results of water sampling taken the day of the incident upriver and downstream of the site. The samples were analyzed for substances associated with fuel constituents, including volatile organic compounds. There was no detection of any of these contaminants. The results will be used as a baseline for comparison with water quality monitoring done throughout response, recovery and reconstruction. Sampling will continue indefinitely every few days, as needed.

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