Mayor Scott's Statement the Successful Refloating of the Dali

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Brandon M. Scott
Baltimore City
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BALTIMORE, MD (Tuesday, May 21, 2024) – Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott released the following statement on the successful refloating of the Dali cargo ship.

“Early yesterday morning, Unified Command, salvers, first-responders, and the ship’s crew worked in tandem to re-float the Dali ship, freeing it from the the site of the Key Bridge collapse, and successfully transported it back to the Seagirt Terminal with the assistance of five tugboats. This is an absolutely critical step in fully reopening the full federal channel and restoring full access to the entirety of the Port of Baltimore.

“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to every single person who was a part of this successful effort. Since the beginning, this team has coordinated incredibly difficult maneuvers, while prioritizing the safety of workers and residents alike. Their care and compassion during this work will not be forgotten by the City of Baltimore and everyone who has been impacted by this tragedy, from the families who lost loved ones to the port workers and related businesses who have faced uncertainty to every concerned Marylander.

“As we move closer to fully accomplishing our goal of fully reopening the port and rebuilding the bridge, we continue to stand committed to accomplishing this work in partnership. We will continue to diligently prioritize the needs of those most impacted as we move forward on the work still left ahead.”

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