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City of Baltimore, Dali owners reach agreement allowing crew members to leave U.S.

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Posted at 8:09 PM, Jun 19, 2024

BALTIMORE — The City of Baltimore and owners of the Dali vessel reached an agreement allowing crew members still aboard the ship to leave the United States.

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The City, on June 18, asked for a court injunction blocking crew member departures, concerned they would be unavailable for depositions in the Key Bridge collapse investigation.

Some members were reportedly planning to leave the country as soon as Thursday.

This prompted federal judge James Bredar to schedule an emergency hearing for 10am Thursday.

Upon being notified of the agreement, Bredar issued a follow-up order calling the proposed agreement "a sensible resolution to this issue."

As part of the deal, owners of the DALI assured crew members would be made available for civil depositions.

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Despite both sides saying the emergency hearing was no longer warranted, Bredar said one petitioner failed to sign on forcing the hearing to move forward on Thursday morning.

The hearing concluded with Bredar agreeing to allow the crew members to leave the U.S. as long as conditions of the agreement are followed.