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FBI searches DALI ship, launching criminal investigation into Key Bridge collapse

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Apr 15, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-15 17:15:06-04

BALTIMORE — The FBI on Monday searched the DALI container ship that crashed into Baltimore's Key Bridge last month, causing its collapse and the death of six construction workers.

Agents are reportedly investigating whether the ship crew had prior knowledge of potential electrical problems.

The Associated Press is citing an anonymous source who claims the DALI experienced apparent electrical issues before departing the Port of Baltimore overnight March 26. According to that person, alarms went off on the ship’s refrigerated containers while it was still docked, likely indicating an inconsistent power supply. Despite that, the decision was made to still set sail.

Erek Barron, United States Attorney from the District of Maryland released this statement confirming a criminal investigation is underway.

“My office generally will not confirm the existence of or otherwise comment about investigations. However, the public should know, whether it’s gun violence, civil rights abuse, financial fraud, or any other threat to public safety or property, we will seek accountability for anyone who may be responsible," said Barron.

The FBI also commented, but refused to go into further detail.

“The FBI is present aboard the cargo ship Dali conducting court authorized law enforcement activity,” the FBI Baltimore said.

WMAR-2 News previously reported about the ship's total loss of power leading up to the collision,

National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy said recently the ship's electrical system has been the focus of their separate ongoing investigation.

In other news, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced Monday the City would be filing legal action against the DALI.

The cargo ship remains grounded in the Patapsco River near where the bridge once stood. Operations at the Port of Baltimore continue to be suspended as wreckage removal continues.