Francis Scott Key Bridge collapses in Baltimore after ship strike

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This one is a bit different. Sal is with a small group talking about different things including the Dali. Worth your time if you've been following the thread. Nothing to see, can listen in one tab, play around the forum in a different tab. Interesting discussion.

Scuttlebutt S03 E01 Sal Mercogliano On Shipping Part 1​

Apr 9, 2024 Podcast Episodes

We're back for another season of SCUTTLEBUTT and we're starting off by sharing a new YouTube channel addiction: What's Going On In Shipping ( / @wgowshipping .

Dr. Sal Mercogliano is a retired merchant mariner and chairman of the history department at Campbell University. In his spare time, he likes to talk about what's happening in the world of shipping.

We had discovered him and reached out to invite him to our podcast so we could talk about shipping and its relation to freedom of the seas, but then a week ago, the MV Dali allision with the Key Bridge in Baltimore really gave us fodder for discussion.

Here's part one of our chat.


Here's part 2.

Scuttlebutt S03 E02: Sal Mercogliano On Shipping Part 2​

Apr 16, 2024 Podcast Episodes


Key Bridge Collapse Moving MORE HUGE Bridge Truss Sections​

Loadstar podcast, nothing to see, can listen in one tab, play around the forum in a different tab.

Skip to 9.12 on the latest episode of The Loadstar Podcast to hear guests discuss the ‘blame game’ of the bridge collapse costs:

Construction Truck, Bridge Truss Recovered Collapse Site​

Jeff Ostoff shows you the latest video of a construction truck reported to be one of the missing construction vehicles that sank to the bottom of the Patapsco River at the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. The video also shows more large debris and trusses that were hauled up.

Highlights include moving another large section of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge truss, as well as moving the bridge truss over to Sparrows Point in the Baltimore harbor. Also discussed is the famous Mercedes I shipwreck in the backyard of Palm Beach socialite Molly Wilmot in 1984, which Donjon Marine successfully salvaged, as they are now doing today with their Chesapeake 1000-ton crane barge, lifting up sections of the Key bridge that are 350 to 450 tons.

They barge the collapsed bridge debris to the new 10-acre laydown yard used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to process wreckage from the Francis Scott Key Bridge site. An estimated 50,000 tons of concrete and steel collapsed; once removed, the wreckage is sorted and transported two miles away by barge to Sparrows Point. Debris and wreckage removal is ongoing in support of a top priority to safely and efficiently open the Fort McHenry channel.

Baltimore Update w/William Doyle Dredging Contractors of America & Former Director Port of Baltimore​

Apr 19, 2024
Baltimore Update | Next Steps in Salvage & Clearing | General Average & Limited Liability | Worldwide Fuel Contamination | Impact on Baltimore Economy

In this episode, Sal Mercogliano - a maritime historian at Campbell University (@campbelledu) and former merchant mariner - talks with William Doyle, CEO and Executive Director of Contract Dredgers of America and former Director of Port of Baltimore and Federal Maritime Commissioner.


00:00 Baltimore Update & Next Steps
06:58 Limited Liability & General Average
12:36 Worldwide Fuel Contamination
18:45 Impact on Baltimore Economy
Nothing special, just something I found interesting.

Huge floating crane swings into action to clear Baltimore bridge debris​

Apr 18, 2024

The Chesapeake 1000 is a huge floating crane working to clear sections of debris from the Baltimore bridge that collapsed after being struck by a ship. But there's an even larger crane laid up in New York that could swing into action to help rebuild the Francis Scott Key Bridge.


Mentioned in the vid:


Why Is FBI Jamming Signals? Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse Update​

This update shows the quick progress of container removal off the MV Dali ship and looks into a special FBI vehicle sitting close by that may be jamming signals in the area of the Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse.

Can the MV Dali be Refloated?​

I haven't heard anyone discuss how much effort or difficulty there will be associated with refloating the MV Dali at the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse site so I address key considerations in this video. I present the key technical aspects of this operation to refloat the MV Dali and move it back to the Federal shipping channel.

Big Help Here To Salvage Key Collapsed Bridge Debris Baltimore​


Baltimore To Reopen Limited Access Channel for Ships with Drafts Less Than 35 Feet on April 25​

Apr 23, 2024 #baltimore #baltimorebridge #dali

In this episode, Sal Mercogliano - a maritime historian at Campbell University (@campbelledu) and former merchant mariner - discusses the US Coast Guard announcement by the Captain of the Port to reopen Baltimore using the Fort McHenry Limited Access Channel.


- Marine Safety Information Bulletin 043-24 / 1782729827511931087
- Key Bridge Response 2024
- Marine Traffic

How the Baltimore bridge collapse upended a D.C. coffee chain’s business​

When he woke on March 26 to the news that Baltimore’s Key Bridge had collapsed, Michael Haft, co-founder of Compass Coffee, dialed his chief operating officer.

“You have to reroute all of our coffee immediately,” Haft recalled saying.

The collapse upended the supply chain for the D.C.-based roaster, which imports most of its beans through the Port of Baltimore. The crash is expected to cause delays and extra costs for many other businesses that rely on the port, which is responsible for about 52 million tons of imports and exports annually. The U.S. Small Business Administration has received more than 1,000 loan applications in response to the upheaval.

With the port closed to most vessel traffic, hundreds of products, including coffee, tofu and cars, now have to be rerouted to different parts of the country. Three temporary channels provide limited access to the Baltimore port.

To show how the supply chain has been disrupted, The Washington Post looked at the shipping process for some of the products that come from overseas to serve Compass customers.



First Ships Pass New Channel Since Dali Key Bridge Collapse​

Jeff Ostoff shows you the latest updates on the engineering disaster aftermath of the MV Dali ship striking the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing the bridge collapse in Baltimore, Md. on the Patapsco River. The video also shows the incredible site of the first ships to pass through the new limited access channel, a deepwater 300 ft wide, and a 35-foot deep access channel for larger ships, the first time since the MV Dali collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, MD on March 26, 2024.
and the ship leaving in the picture is quite large... superimpose a man standing on deck...!

Size, meaning dimensions, don't really matter.

The limiting factor right now, is draft - how deep a ship sits in the water.
In most cases, don't the bigger ships sit deeper?
...and as far as how big that ship is, yea it's big, but it's dwarfed by the Dali.
In most cases, don't the bigger ships sit deeper?
...and as far as how big that ship is, yea it's big, but it's dwarfed by the Dali.
which was my observation... or what I was attempting to point out.
In most cases, don't the bigger ships sit deeper?
...and as far as how big that ship is, yea it's big, but it's dwarfed by the Dali.
Not always.

Modern cruise ships are as big as these container carriers, but draw a lot less water.

Ocean liners of years ago, had a narrower profile, but sat lower in the seas - for stability. Not so the cruise boats - the reason, I'm told, is that a cruise ship is more flexible in routing - it can avoid a storm, or pull into a safe-harbor if needed; whereas, ocean liners and now cargo vessels, are on tight schedules.
Icon of the Seas is the first ship of Royal Caribbean's Icon class of cruise ships.
She is the largest cruise ship in service after late January 2024.

Icon of the Seas is a cruise ship built for Royal Caribbean International and is the lead ship of the Icon class. She entered service on 27 January 2024 out of the Port of Miami in the US. At 248,663 gross tonnage (GT), Icon of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world.[7][8][1] wiki

Tonnage248,663 GT, 307,895 NT[1]
Length364.75 metres (1,196.7 ft)[1]
Beam48.47 m (159.0 ft)[1]
Draught9.25 metres (30.3 ft)[1]
Installed power
  • 3 × Wärtsilä 14V46DF, 16,030 kW (21,790 hp) each[1][6]
  • 3 × Wärtsilä 12V46DF, 13,740 kW (18,680 hp) each[1][6]
Speed22 knots (41 km/h)
  • 5,610 passengers (double occupancy)
  • 7,600 passengers (maximum capacity)[5]

Dali is a Neopanamax container ship[6] with a length overall of 299.92 metres (984 ft), beam of 48.2 metres (158 ft 2 in), moulded depth of 24.8 metres (81 ft 4 in), and summer draft of 15.03 metres (49 ft 4 in). Her gross and net tonnages are 91,128 and 52,150, respectively, and her deadweight tonnage is 116,851 tonnes. Her container capacity is 9,971 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).[2]

Class and typeNeopanamax container ship
Displacement148,984 t (146,631 long tons)[4]
Length299.92 m (984 ft)
Beam48.2 m (158 ft 2 in)
Draught15.03 m (49 ft 4 in)
Depth24.8 m (81 ft 4 in)
Installed powerMAN-B&W 9S90ME-C9.2; 41,480 kW (55,630 hp)
PropulsionSingle shaft; fixed pitch propeller
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity9,971 TEU

Baltimore Reopens Channel for Some Commercial Shipping | FBI Boards DALI​


1st Key bridge Truss Pulled Off MV Dali Bow Baltimore Bridge Collapse​

They aught to used thermite to cut through those beams... like they did at the Twin Towers...?

Salvage Work at the Baltimore Bridge Collapse Site from May 3, 2024 in 4K​


Baltimore Harbor 5 Weeks after Key Bridge Collapse​

May 6, 2024

First Trip Back into Baltimore After Key Bridge Collapse


Cars Discovered On MV Dali Ship | Baltimore Bridge Collapse​

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