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Baltimore’s like, “Dali’s a total hot mess,” blaming owners for the chaotic bridge collapse!

Alex Thompson By Alex Thompson Jun4,2024

The city of Baltimore on Monday argued the owner and operator of the cargo ship that crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge should not be able to avoid liability, claiming the vessel was “unseaworthy” when it left the Baltimore port last month, according to new court filings.

In court filings Monday, attorneys for the city of Baltimore claimed the owner of the container ship Dali – Grace Ocean Private -and its operator – Synergy Marine Group – were “grossly and potentially criminally negligent.”

“For more than four decades, cargo ships made thousands of trips every year under the Key Bridge without incident,” the attorneys wrote. “There was nothing about March 26, 2024, that should have changed that.”

Grace Ocean Private and Synergy Marine Group, however, “saw fit to put a clearly unseaworthy vessel into the water,” the attorneys wrote. “In no way should their liability be limited.”

The 984-foot cargo ship Dali was trying to leave the Baltimore Harbor on its way to Sri Lanka on March 26 when it lost power and crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The bridge collapsed into the Patapsco River.

The ship issued a last-minute mayday call for police to halt traffic moments before the crash, but eight individuals working on the bridge were unable to get off and were thrown into the water during the crash.

Two workers were rescued and survived, and the bodies of four victims have been recovered. Two more workers are still missing and are presumed dead.

City attorneys pointed to an Associated Press report from April 15 that found the container ship experienced apparent electrical problems hours before it left the port. The AP cited a person with knowledge of the situation.

“None of this should have happened. Reporting has indicated that, even before leaving port, alarms showing an inconsistent power supply on the Dali had sounded. The Dali left port anyway, despite its clearly unseaworthy condition,” the city’s attorneys wrote.

In the days following the collapse, Grace Ocean and Synergy asked a federal court last month to limit they legal liability to about $43.6 million.

The city is arguing this liability cannot be limited at this time without a trial, where the companies’ “failures” could be shown.

The vessel is valued at up to $90 million and was owed more than $1.1 million in income from the freight, per the filings. Attorneys noted repair costs will total about $28 million, along with at least $19.5 million for salvage expenses. 

The Hill reached out to Synergy for further comment.

The FBI opened a criminal investigation into the crash earlier this month. It will focus on the circumstances leading up to the bridge’s collapse and whether all federal laws were followed.

Alex Thompson

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2 thoughts on “Baltimore’s like, “Dali’s a total hot mess,” blaming owners for the chaotic bridge collapse!”
  1. Why did Grace Ocean Private and Synergy Marine Group decide to put an unseaworthy vessel into the water, risking such a catastrophic event? Shouldn’t they be held fully accountable for this tragedy?

  2. As a maritime law expert, I believe the owners of the cargo ship Dali, Grace Ocean Private and Synergy Marine Group, should be held accountable for their gross negligence in putting an unseaworthy vessel into operation. The tragic bridge collapse in Baltimore could have been prevented if proper care had been taken. It’s crucial that their liability is not limited, considering the serious consequences of their actions.

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