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Britannia Club “working closely” with owner, manager, US authorities, following Dali crash

UK-based Britannia P&I Club, the liability insurer of container ship Dali (IMO 9697428), said in a statement on March 28th that it was “working closely” with the vessel’s owner and manager and the relevant US authorities as part of the investigation into the casualty.

A Unified Command and Joint Information Centre (JIC) has been setup to coordinate the response It includes the US Coast Guard, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland State Police and Synergy Marine.

A website with incident response information can be found at the following URL: https://www.keybridgeresponse2024.com

Britannia P&I Club said that during this phase of the investigation it would not be commenting further, but that its thoughts remained with everyone affected by this incident.

Meanwhile, Singapore-based Synergy Marine Group, the manager of the vessel said on March 28th that there had been one minor injury reported on the vessel, and that the crew member affected had been treated and discharged from hospital.

Synergy extended its deepest sympathies to everyone affected and their families. “Our thoughts are with them as we coordinate closely with the authorities to manage the incident’s aftermath, including environmental impact assessments”, Synergy Marine said, noting that its Emergency Response Team had been dispatched and was presently at Baltimore “to support the ongoing efforts to ensure crew safety, maintain vessel integrity and facilitate the swift and safe reopening of the waterway”.

Authorities from USCG and NTSB boarded the vessel to carry out investigations.

Ship charterer Maersk on March 27th that “we can confirm that the container vessel ”DALI”,  is owned by Grace Ocean, and operated by Synergy Group. It is time chartered by Maersk and is carrying Maersk customers’ cargo. No Maersk crew and personnel were on board the vessel.”

Maersk said that it would be omitting Baltimore on all its services for the foreseeable future, until it is deemed safe for passage through this area. For cargo already on water, Maersk would omit the port, and would discharge Baltimore cargo at nearby ports. From these ports, it will be possible to utilise landside transportation to reach the final destination.