Indian crew of the ship stranded after the Baltimore bridge accident, when will they be able to return?


New York, The 20 Indian and one Sri Lankan crew members of the ship that collided with a bridge in Baltimore, USA last week are ‘busy performing routine duties on the ship’ and will remain on the ship until the investigation into the accident is completed. A spokesperson for Grace Ocean PTE and Synergy Marine said, ‘It has been confirmed that there are 21 crew members on board the ship. The crew members are performing their routine duties on the ship and assisting the National Transportation Safety Board and Coast Guard in investigating.’

The 2.6 kilometer long ‘Francis Scott Key Bridge’ built on the Patapsco River in Baltimore collapsed when a 984 foot long cargo ship going to Sri Lanka collided with a pillar of the bridge on March 26. When asked how long the crew would have to stay on the ship, the spokesperson said, ‘At present we do not know how long the investigation process will take and till that process is completed, the crew will remain on the ship.’

Ministry of External Affairs in touch with Indian crew
The Singapore-flagged Dali is owned by Grace Ocean Pte Ltd and managed by Synergy Marine Group. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in Delhi had said that there were 20 Indians on the cargo ship, which collided with a bridge in Baltimore, USA a few days ago, and the Indian Embassy is in touch with them and the local authorities.

US authorities began questioning personnel on board the Dali vessel last week. Synergy Group said in a statement that the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) collected documents, voyage data recorder information and other evidence as part of the investigation on Wednesday.

all crew members are safe
Grace Ocean and Synergy have confirmed the safety of all crew members and two pilots on board the vessel. They reported minor injuries to one crew member and said the injured crew member has been discharged from the hospital.

Six members of a construction crew who were repairing potholes on the bridge at the time of the accident are presumed dead. Divers have recovered the bodies of two people from a pickup truck that sank in the Patapsco River and the search for four others continues.

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