Synergy Group statement on Baltimore incident

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As Owners Grace Ocean Pte Ltd & Ship manager of the Singapore-flagged ‘DALI’, Synergy Marine Group today issued an update from its Incident Response Team on the Baltimore collision and bridge collapse as follows:

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.

 

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