NTSB Updates Senate on M/V Dali Incident Investigation

NTSB investigators on the cargo vessel Dali, which struck and collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024. (Photo: Peter Knudson/NTSB)
Jennifer Homendy, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), updated the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the ongoing investigation of the M/V Dali incident and Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore. Extensive interviews with crew members and stakeholders have been conducted, with a preliminary report expected in May.
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Chairwoman of the NTSB, Jennifer Homendy, provided an update during her Senate reappointment hearing on the ongoing investigation into the M/V Dali Incident and the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. She detailed the progress of the investigation, including extensive interviews with crew members, pilots, and stakeholders, as well as the extraction of data from the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) for further analysis.

Key parties involved in the investigation, including the shipowner, commercial operator, US Coast Guard, and Maryland Transportation Authority, focused on examining the ship’s engine room equipment and power system. The Singaporean-flagged container ship collided with the bridge, resulting in fatalities and missing workers. The investigation also looked into pier protection measures and the bridge’s original design.

Homendy emphasized the importance of the investigation’s findings in relation to past Coast Guard recommendations from 1976, stressing the need for a comprehensive study of vessel types and waterways. She dispelled false media reports and confirmed that a preliminary report is expected in May. The NTSB continues to work on the case, relying on thorough investigative procedures to uncover further information.

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