VIDEO: Unified Command starts preparations for Dali refloat

Officials of the Key Bridge Unified Command were yesterday continuing to evaluate the Dali in preparation for refloating the vessel and clearing the Fort McHenry Federal Channel to the Port of Baltimore.

Since explosive cuts brought down most of the bridge structure that had been pinning the Dali down, the scene around the vessel looks a lot less chaotic. However, there is still a lot of clearance to be done prior to the Dali refloat.

Unified Command officials have evaluated sonar and lidar...

VIDEO: Key Bridge salvors are tackling a challenge of epic scale

New video and imagery released by the unified command show the scale of the challenge that the Key Bridge salvors face. In the current phase if the operation, salvage crews have been continuing to prepare for the complex task of removing the large piece of the Key Bridge that is pinning down the M/V Dali, the giant containership whose strike on the bridge initiated its collapse.

Video shows views of clean up from bridge of the Dali

Prior to removing the bridge piece, Key Bridge salvage teams...

VIDEO: Massive claw is added to Key Bridge response arsenal

A giant claw is the latest massive piece of equipment to be added to the resources of the Unified Command responding to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The claw is actually a hydraulically operated salvage grab that is being mounted on Donjon Marine’s Chesapeake 1000 crane barge.

The 200-ton HSWC500-1000 heavy duty salvage grab has a 1,000 tonne capacity and will be used to help remove debris from the Patapsco River once the containership Dali is removed.

Operations to refloat and...

VIDEO: First commercial vessel transits new fourth Baltimore temporary channel

new fourth Baltimore temporary channel

Efforts to get the Port of Baltimore up and running again are making progress. According to Coast Guard Sector Maryland, the status of the port is now “Open with Restrictions.” A new, fourth, Baltimore temporary channel to the port, the Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel, is now open and imagery released yesterday showed the first ship transiting the new limited access deep draft channel: the 2013-built. 7,746 dwt Panama-flagged general cargo ship Balsa 91.

This new fourth Baltimore temporary...

VIDEO: Key Bridge response, what’s new?

As the Key Bridge response Unified Command continues efforts to reopen access to the Port of Baltimore, the NTSB continues its investigation into what went wrong on board the containership Dali before it smashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse. At a Senate hearing on her renomination, National Transportation Safety Board chair Jennifer Homendy said Wednesday that investigators believe that there is a connection between the lights going out on the ship, as seen in...

VIDEO: White House briefing on Baltimore bridge response

”It’s my intention that the federal government will pay for the entire cost of reconstructing that bridge and I expect the Congress to support my effort,” President Biden pledged yeserday as he delivered remarks on the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Today House Press Secretary Karine Jeanne-Pierre was joined by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Vice Admiral Peter W. Gautier, U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, for a press briefing on thr efforts to reopen the...

USCG lab identifies responsible party in NY/NJ tar ball pollution

A spill that happened on the evening of Nov. 22 during an oil transfer at an oil facility in Bayonne, N.J. has been identified as the source of an incident that subsequently saw tar balls discovered on the New Jersey coast from Sea Bright to Asbury Park, additional pollution discovered on the shoreline north of Coney Island Creek in the Gravesend Bay area of Brooklyn, as well as tar balls at Fort Wadsworth beach on Staten Island.

The Coast Guard and Vane Brothers Company responded and monitored...

Over 450,000 gals. of oil recovered from NY shipwreck

Oil recovery operations on the World War II-era shipwreck Coimbra are nearing completion over two months after they began on May 11 off the coast of Long Island, New York.

A unified command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation oversaw the response supported by more than 100 government, industry and environmental specialists. Bordelon Marine‘s 260’x52’ ultra light intervention vessel Sheila Bordelon assisted in the response and recovery of...

Oil release response in Rattle Snake Bayou continues

Approximately 1,700' of hard boom has been deployed to contain the discharging oil, 2,000' of absorbent boom to collect it, and 630 gals. of oily water have been recovered so far. USCG photo

The Coast Guard continues to respond to a well discharging a mixture of crude oil, gas, and water near Port Sulphur, La. A Unified Command has been established consisting of the Coast Guard, Hilcorp, and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office.

Approximately 1,700′ of hard boom has been deployed to contain the discharging oil, 2,000′ of absorbent boom to collect it, and 630 gals. of oily water have been recovered so far.

Assets being utilized include:

  • Five response and oil recovery vessels
  • Fo...

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