FBI Investigates Criminal Case in Baltimore Bridge Disaster

The investigation of the Baltimore bridge disaster may be turning into a criminal case. An FBI team boarded the containership Dali as the bureau launched a probe into whether the crew failed to report any problems with the vessel before it left port.

The Costas Paris report that agents are looking into whether the Dali had any unreported engine, steering or electrical issues ahead of its departure from the Port of Baltimore last month. The criminal investigation raises the stakes for a probe into what could become the most expensive maritime disaster in years. The ship remains at the site of the deadly collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, with sections of the span resting on its bow. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott says the city has also engaged two law firms to take unspecified legal action against the Dali’s owner, charterer, manager/operator and manufacturer.

Creative solutions in the wake of the bridge disaster include a lot near Richmond for Baltimore truckers to drop re-routed shipping containers for pickup by Norfolk, Va., drivers. (AJOT)

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