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Baltimore Bridge Collapse Latest News: Cargo Company Says It’s ‘horrified’ About Ship Crashing Into Baltimore Key Bridge Causing The Collapse And Sparking A Frantic Search For Survivors In Frigid River

By Miriam Kuepper

Published: 08:53, 26 March 2024 | Updated: 13:28, 26 March 2024

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The same Dali cargo ship was involved in an ‘incident’ in Belgium in 2016The same ship which struck Key Bridge was also involved in a previous incident at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium in 2016, port authorities have told CNN.

Details of the incident were not given.

The collapsed Key Bridge was struck at what was supposed to be its strongest point, according to a structural engineerThe cargo boat ploughed into what was supposed to be Key Bridge’s strongest structural point – and yet it still completely collapsed on impact – according to an engineer.

‘As I understand it right now, the location where the bridge was struck is unique. In that it is the same location where the bridge has to resist the maximum amount of force as it holds up the center span,’ Ben Schafer, Professor of Civil and Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins told DailyMail.com.

‘You can understand this visually as the depth of the steel from top arch to bottom support is greatest at these support locations.

‘Almost all bridges from short to long span have some protection for bridge piers in the water to prevent scour and to prevent boat strikes, but it was apparently not enough in this situation.

‘That is my primary observation at this time, beyond still processing the images like everyone else.’

‘First and most important is the safety of anyone we can rescue, and of course the loss of a critical piece of infrastructure for people to live their lives here as they need to in Baltimore and the area,’ Schafer added.

Shocking new pictures show the aftermath of the Key Bridge collapse after container ship plunged into itThe Federal Aviation Authority is restricting planes from flying over the destruction area ‘Drone pilots: The FAA has flight restrictions in place around the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse,’ the authority wrote on X.

‘Do not interfere with rescue operations. If you fly, emergency response operations cannot.’

The restriction was imposed just after 8am Tuesday and covers Baltimore Harbor.

It skirts the region of the busy Baltimore/Washington International Airport, but no delays have been reported yet.

Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says he is ‘heartbroken’ by Key Bridge collapseUS Coast Guard says it is continuing search and rescue effortsEmergency responders just gave a briefing on the Baltimore bridge collapse, with Coast Guard officials saying they are continuing ‘search and rescue’ efforts.

So far, two people have been rescued, and seven remain missing after a cargo ship crashed into the bridge around 1:30am on Tuesday.

There are three Coast Guard boats in the water aiding in the search.

Baltimore fire officials say that SONAR has detected vehicles in the water as well.

Shipping Company Maesrsk releases a statement about collapseShipping company Maesrsk has released a statement about the collapse. It read:

‘We are horrified by what has happened in Baltimore, and our thoughts are with all of those affected. We can confirm that the container vessel ‘Dali,’ operated by charter vessel company Synergy Group, is time chartered by Maersk and is carrying Maesrsk customers’ cargo. No Maersk crew and personnel were onboard the vessel.

‘We are closely following the investigations conducted by authorities and Synergy, and we will do our utmost to keep our customers informed.’

VIDEO: Helicopter footage shows the aftermath of Baltimore’s damaged Key BridgeWhite House is ‘closely monitoring’ situation after Baltimore bridge collapseThe White House has said it is ‘closely monitoring’ the situation in Baltimore after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed.

It said in a statement that its ‘hearts go out’ to the families of those who are involved following the ‘horrific incident’.

It added: ‘The US Coast Guard is conducting search and rescue for those who remain unaccounted for as a result of the bridge collapse.

‘Senior White House officials are in touch with the governor and mayor to offer any federal assistance they need. There is no indication of any nefarious intent.’

Aerial pictures show the damage to container ship after it hit Key Bridge, causing it to collapseMap reveals route of container ship that hit Key Bridge

Baltimore Police Commissioner says there’s no indication that bridge collapse was terrorism relatedThe Baltimore Police Commissioner, Richard Worley, has said that there is no indication that the collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge was an act of terrorism.

He added at the press conference this morning that there is also no evidence that the container ship hit the bridge intentionally.

Maryland State Senator says ‘dedicated, brave and talented’ first responders give him comfortVIDEO: Baltimore Mayor gives update on bridge collapseShocking helicopter pictures show what remains of Francis Scott Key Bridge VIDEO: Breakdown of Francis Scott Key Bridge collapseExclusive: Engineer says extent of the Key Bridge collapse is ‘unusual’An engineer has said that the extent of the Key Bridge collapse is ‘unusual’.

Sean Keyes, CEO of civil and structural engineering firm Sutcliffe, said: ‘Firstly, a container ship of that size should never hit the bridge abutment.

‘However, as the container ship, which typically weighs around 165,000 tons, has hit the steel bridge abutment and steel bridge structure – which is equivalent to being hit by 16,500 heavy goods vehicles – it’s caused the central structure to collapse.

‘What’s unusual, however, is the extent of the collapse, which has been quite substantial, as the unconnected bridge decks should never have collapsed as well.’

VIDEO: Baltimore Fire chief says they are looking for ‘over seven’ people following bridge collapseUncertain number of vehicles in the water and number of missing is ‘fluid’Baltimore Fire Chief James Wallace said at the press conference that there are vehicles in the water, but it is unclear how many there are.

He also said the number of missing people throughout the morning has been a ‘dynamic count’ and that the number was ‘fluid’, but confirmed that there are at least seven people are involved.

Two people pulled out of the water, fire chief saysWATCH LIVE: Press conference about Key Bridge collapse in BaltimoreBaltimore Mayor calls bridge collapse an ‘unthinkable tragedy’ at press conferenceBaltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has said that the Key Bridge collapse this morning is an ‘unthinkable tragedy’ during the press conference about the incident.

He added: ‘We have to, first and foremost, pray for all of those who are impacted, those families, and pray for our first responders and thank all of them for working together […] to make sure we are working through this tradedy.’

Workers are setting up traffic barrels to prevent drivers from driving towards Key BridgeVIDEO: Resident says the bridge collapse felt like an earthquakeFormer Baltimore City Fire chief says rescue operation is ‘very organised’Baltimore City Council President asks for prayers for those impacted by bridge collapse’Holy hell, the bridge is gone’: Witness describes the shocking aftermath of bridge collapseA witness describes the aftermath of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

The man can be heard saying in a video published by the BBC: ‘If you want to know what the “bang” was, a ship hit the [Francis Scott] Key Bridge.

‘The bridge is gone. Holy hell.’

PICTURED: What Francis Scott Key Bridge looked like before the collapse

Baltimore Police will hold a press conference shortlyCoast Guard confirms reports of vehicles in the riverThe US Coast Guard said in a statement that there are reports of vehicles in a water.

Public affairs officer Kimberly Reaves said that the Coast Guard has deployed ‘multiple’ response units for a search and rescue mission.

Devastating pictures show the collapsed bridge sinking into the riverDrivers have to take alternative routes to cross the harbor after Key Bridge collapseFBI is working with local, state and federal authorities at bridge collapse sceneVIDEO: Aerial footage shows the aftermath of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapseBreaking: Governor declares State of Emergency following Key Bridge collapseMaryland Governor Wes Moore has declared a State of Emergency following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Maryland.

He said in a statement: ‘We are working with an interagency team to quickly deploy federal resources from the Biden administration.

‘We are thankful for the brave men and women who are carrying out efforts to rescue those involved and pray for everyone’s safety.

‘We will remain in close contact with federal, state, and local entities that are carrying out rescue efforts as we continue to assess and respond to this tragedy.’

VIDEO: Footage shows the collapsed bridge in the riverMaryland Department of Emergency Management raises operations center to ‘enhanced’Condition of collapsed bridge will be assessed, fire chief saysThe condition of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge will be assessed by the fire department, Baltimore City Fire chief Kevin Cartwright told CNN.

He said: ‘This bridge has been in place for quite some time and has served many, many commuters in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

‘So as the investigation ensues, there will be structural engineers involved to try and assess what the condition of the bridge is.’

He added that the conditions are currently ‘unsafe’.

VIDEO: Map tracker shows how ship changed course before crashing into bridgeTransport secretary Pete Buttigieg says rescue efforts remain underwayPICTURED: First day light pictures show the devastating aftermath of the Key Bridge collapse

At least ten vehicles fell into the river after bridge collapse, according to reportsMaryland Transport Authority gives traffic update after Key Bridge collapsedFlight radar shows police and search helicopters circling over collapsed bridge in Baltimore

Resident says bridge collapse felt like an earthquake’Entire Key Bridge is in the harbor’: Chilling first radio transmission by firefightersCoast Guard deploys multiple crews to Francis Scott Key Bridge Freezing temperatures could ‘pose concern’ as rescuers scramble to save dozensKevin Cartwright, director of communications of the Baltimore City Fire Department, told CNN that freezing temperatures could ‘pose a concern’ as rescuers scramble to save dozens who fell into the water following the bridge collapse.

Cartwright added: ‘It feels like at least about 30 degrees (-1°C) where I am. It could be slightly lower than that. And I’m sure that the water temperature is even colder… And that can pose a concern and risk for our divers.’

VIDEO: Dramatic footage shows container ship collide with bridgeNo injuries to crew on container ship that hit Key BridgeThe crew of the Dali, the Singapore-flagged ship that hit Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, has been accounted for and there were no injuries on the ship.

Synergy Marine Group, which owns the ship, confirmed in a statement that their vessel had collided with a pillar of the bridge around 1.30am local time.

The cause of the collision is currently unknown and the company said it was working with authorities to determine the cause.

VIDEO: Footage shows the moment the container ship hits Key Bridge in BaltimoreRescuers scramble to save dozens including 20 construction workers after Baltimore’s Key Bridge collapsedRescue workers in Baltimore are working furiously in an attempt to save the lives of dozens of people who were plunged into the frigid waters of the Patapsco River when the Francis Scott Key bridge collapsed after being hit by a container ship.

Initial reports indicate that at least a dozen cars hit the 47 degree water in addition to a 20 or so construction workers who were working on the bridge at the time.

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MAP: Where is Francis Scott Key Bridge?

Baltimore County exec asks for prayers for those impacted by bridge collapseBaltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. took to X to ask for prayers for those impacted by the bridge collapse.

At least seven construction workers and several vehicles missing after bridge collapsePICTURED: Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed into the river

Rescuers are searching for seven people after Key Bridge collapse’This is a dire emergency,’ Kevin Cartwright, director of communications for the Baltimore Fire Department, said. ‘Our focus right now is trying to rescue and recover these people.’

He added that some cargo appeared to be dangling from the bridge.

Emergency responders were searching for at least seven people believed to be in the water, Cartwright said, though he said it’s too early to know how many people were affected. He called the collapse a ‘developing mass casualty event.’

Volunteer firefighters join rescue efforts at Francis Scott Key BridgeBaltimore Mayor en route to scene of bridge collapseContainer ship changes course and appears to slow before hitting bridge, data showsVIDEO: Watch the moment the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsesMaryland Transport Authority confirms ‘bridge collapse due to ship strike’Welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog!Welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog, where we will bring you the latest updates about the collapse of the Baltimore Key Bridge early this morning.

Key Updates

Engineer says extent of the Key Bridge collapse is ‘unusual’

Governor declares State of Emergency following Key Bridge collapse

VIDEO: Map tracker shows how ship changed course before crashing into bridge

Resident says bridge collapse felt like an earthquake

Freezing temperatures could ‘pose concern’ as rescuers scramble to save dozens

No injuries to crew on container ship that hit Key Bridge

Maryland Transport Authority confirms ‘bridge collapse due to ship strike’