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UPDATE 1: Unified Command commences bridge wreckage removal for Key Bridge Response 2024


Saturday, March 30, 2024

 

BALTIMORE – The Unified Command commenced bridge wreckage removal Saturday to remove debris from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

 

Highly trained demolition crews will begin cutting the top portion of the north side of the collapsed bridge into smaller sections for safe removal by crane. One crane barge and one working barge are staged at the incident to support Saturday’s operations.

 

Salvage teams will use gas-powered cutters to systematically separate sections of the steel bridge, which will be taken to a disposal site. At the same time, salvage divers continue to conduct underwater assessments of the work site to support further operations. Every lifting operation requires engineering analysis to inform salvage operation plans.   

 

The Unified Command is working in partnership with BGE to reduce pressure of an underwater pipeline that spans the width of the channel and runs under the incident site. Unified Command is coordinating to inert the pipeline to free it from hazards and risk. Pipeline operations will continue through the weekend.

 

The Unified Command continues to maintain a 2000-yard maritime Safety Zone for the M/V Dali recovery efforts, a Temporary Flight Restriction with a radius of three nautical miles from the surface, up to and including 1,500 feet above ground level also remains in effect.

 

The Safety Zone is enforced for the protection of personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from the potential hazards associated with salvage work. The vessel remains stable with crew aboard.

 

The Key Bridge Response 2024 Unified Command includes the:

 

U.S. Coast Guard  

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Maryland Department of the Environment  

Maryland Transportation Authority 

Witt O’Brien’s representing Synergy Marine

Maryland State Police 

 

A website with incident response information can be found at the following URL:  

 

The media is requested to call the Joint Information Center at 410-631-8939 for interview response inquiries and interviews.  

 

The Unified Command’s operational priorities are ensuring the safety of the public and first responders, accountability of missing persons, safely restoring transportation infrastructure and commerce, protecting the environment, and supporting the investigation. 

 



The M/V Dali is shown with the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 30, 2024, in Baltimore. The Key Bridge Response Unified Command priorities are ensuring the safety of the public and first responders, accountability of missing persons, safely restoring transportation infrastructure and commerce, protecting the environment, and supporting the investigation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Reaves)

A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer conducts an overflight assessment of the M/V Dali, a 948-foot Singapore-flagged container ship, and Francis Scott Key Bridge in the Patapsco River in Baltimore, Maryland, March 30, 2024. The Unified Command continues to coordinate response operations for the Francis Scott Key Bridge while safeguarding the welfare of both the public and first responders. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Reaves)



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