Indian Crew On Ship That Hit US Bridge To Stay On Board Till Probe Is Over

Indian Crew On Ship That Hit US Bridge To Keep On Board Until Probe Is Over

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US bridge collapse probe: The 984-foot cargo ship was sure for Colombo, Sri Lanka.

New York:

The crew of 20 Indians and a Sri Lankan of the container vessel that collided with a key Baltimore bridge final week is “busy with their regular duties” and can stay on board till the investigation into the accident is accomplished.

“It’s confirmed there are 21 crew members on board. The crew members are busy with their regular duties on the ship in addition to aiding the Nationwide Transportation Security Board and Coast Guard investigators on board,” a spokesperson of Grace Ocean Pte and Synergy Marine advised PTI.

The crew is on board the container vessel Dali that collided with the two.6-km-long four-lane Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Patapsco River in Baltimore within the early hours of March 26. The 984-foot cargo ship was sure for Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On how lengthy the crew must keep on board the ship, the spokesperson mentioned, “Presently, we have no idea how lengthy the investigation course of will take and till that course of is full, the crew will stay on board.” The Singapore-flagged Dali is owned by Grace Ocean Pte Ltd and managed by the Synergy Marine Group. Earlier, the non-profit organisation Baltimore Worldwide Seafarers’ Middle had mentioned that the Indian crew on board the container vessel was “wholesome”.

The Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) in Delhi earlier mentioned that there have been 20 Indians on board Dali and the Indian embassy in Washington was in shut contact with them and native authorities.

Final week, US authorities started interviewing personnel on board Dali. The Synergy Group had mentioned in an announcement that the NTSB boarded the vessel on Wednesday and picked up paperwork, voyage knowledge recorder extracts, and different proof as a part of their investigation.

Grace Ocean and Synergy has confirmed the security of all crew members and two pilots aboard the vessel. They, nonetheless, reported one minor harm and mentioned the injured crew member has been handled and discharged from a hospital.

Six individuals, who had been a part of a development crew repairing potholes on the bridge when the collision occurred, are presumed useless. Divers recovered the our bodies of two of the development employees from a pink pickup truck discovered submerged within the river and a search was on for the remaining 4 victims.

US President Joe Biden mentioned that the crew on board Dali had alerted transportation personnel about shedding management of the vessel, enabling authorities to shut the Baltimore bridge to site visitors earlier than the devastating collision, “undoubtedly” saving lives. 

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