“DALI”, Francis Scott Key Bridge Incident

Update 4: April 2, 2024 | 19:00 UTC

We again extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the two people lost, and of the four who have not yet been recovered, following the incident in the Baltimore, Maryland Harbor on March 26.

We are encouraged by the operational success of the establishment of the temporary alternative channel near Sollers Point on April 1, and by the ongoing efforts to open a second channel for deeper draft vessels, working toward the safe resumption of full maritime activities.

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the crew during this time is a critical priority for us. We have been actively engaged in a range of actions to support them since the incident. 

Synergy Marine Group has engaged workplace mental health specialists with experience in the maritime industry.  A dedicated team, including clinical psychologists, is currently offering round-the-clock support to the crew of the DALI, in the form of regular, individual, and confidential counselling. 

We’ve also offered these resources to the families of the crew as part of a comprehensive response that is under constant review by the psychologists and the wider Synergy Team.  

The crew has unlimited use of the ship’s satellite communications, so they can stay in constant contact with their families.  Food is delivered daily to assist the galley staff and to ensure that the vessel remains adequately provisioned. 

We encourage everyone to keep updated by visiting the Command Center at https://www.keybridgeresponse2024.com/.  Media inquiries should continue to be made through the designated official channels.

Update 3: March 28, 2024 | 05:00 UTC

We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the two people lost following the incident in the Baltimore Harbor on March 26. We remain hopeful that continued efforts will lead to the recovery of the workers who remain missing. One of the vessel’s crew members who was injured returned to the vessel on Wednesday after being treated. The ship managers have activated their mental health team to provide trauma counseling for crew members feeling distressed, and that service will continue.

The National Transportation Safety Board boarded the vessel on Wednesday and collected documents, voyage data recorder extracts, and other evidence as part of their investigation. The NTSB also began interviewing crew members. We will continue to cooperate with investigators throughout this process.

Our emergency response team is on the ground in Baltimore and is coordinating with officials on all stages of the recovery and remediation efforts. This includes participation in the Unified Command that has been established to provide information as it becomes available. This information is accessible at https://www.keybridgeresponse2024.com/.

We deeply regret this incident and the problems it has caused for the people of Baltimore and the region’s economy that relies on this vitally important port.

Update 2 : March 27, 2024 | 03:00 UTC

As Owners Grace Ocean Pte ltd & Ship manager of the Singapore-flagged, “DALI,” herein below an update on the Baltimore Allision on March 27, as of 03:00 UTC:

We confirm the safety of all crew members and two pilots aboard “DALI,” with one minor injury reported. The injured crew member has been treated and discharged from hospital. Unfortunately the incident also impacted those who were on the Francis Scott Key Bridge at the time, and based on reports from the Baltimore fire chief and ABC News and other media outlets there have so far been two rescued from the water, including one person with serious injuries.

As per the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the search and rescue operation has been called off for the night. Six people are presumed dead. We extend our 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.

Our Emergency Response Team has been dispatched and is 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.

CNN has reported that the US President Biden and Maryland Governor Wes Moore as expressing thanks to the vessel’s crew for issuing a mayday warning prior to the impact, which they said had probably saved lives.

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

Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Incident response Team
Synergy Marine Group

Update 1 : March 26, 2024 | 10:20 UTC

Owners and managers of the Singapore-flagged container ship “DALI” (IMO 9697428) report that the vessel collided with one of the pillars of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Baltimore  whilst under pilotage with two pilots onboard, at approximately 01 30 local time on 26th March.

All crew members, including the two pilots have been accounted for and there are no reports of any injuries. There has also been no pollution.

Whilst the exact cause of the incident is yet to be determined, the ‘DALI’ has now mobilised its Qualified Individual Incident response service. The US Coast Guard and local officials have been notified, and the owners and managers are fully cooperating with Federal and State government agencies under an approved plan.

Vessel Information:

Name: Dali

  • Capacity: 10,000 TEU
  • Onboard Units: 4,679 TEU
  • DWT: 116,851.
    • Crew: All Indian, 22 in total
    • Owner: Grace Ocean Private Ltd
  • Movement: Outbound from Baltimore to Colombo

For further information, please contact:

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Pat Adamson at +44 7836 766 947


Darrell Wilson at +1 (405) 314 8536