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DALI on the move: Ship that collapsed Key Bridge refloated

Posted at 9:28 AM, May 20, 2024

BALTIMORE — The DALI is officially back on the move.

Unified Command got the cargo ship refloating about 7am Monday, after it had been sitting in the Patapsco river since the Key Bridge Collapse on March 26.

Preparations took approximately 18-hours, with crews having to remove part or all of the 1.25 million gallons of water that was pumped onto the Dali.

Anchors and lines that kept the vessel secure also had to be released, while inspectors made sure all debris was removed ensuring no obstruction.

The DALI floated about 2.5 miles and docked at the Port of Baltimore moving at speeds of around 1 mph. It was docked by 9am.

Below are two videos, the first is real time speed and the second is sped up.

DALI on the move: Ship that collapsed Key Bridge refloated
A sped up version of the DALI refloating

Officials said removing the DALI was the biggest hurdle in getting the main channel reopened, before normal operations can resume at the Port.

“This marks the resumption of commercial vessel transits in and out of the Port of Baltimore,” said Unified Command. “This truly signifies the next chapter in restoring the waterway commerce in this region, which also serves as the economic engine for thousands of workers and their families who depend on commerce traveling through the Port of Baltimore.”

“By working as a team, staying focused, and living Mission First and People Always, we have refloated and moved the Dali – achieving in a matter of weeks what many thought would take months," said Governor Wes Moore.