Was It ‘Dirty Fuel’?

(DailyEmailNews.com) – In the aftermath of a harrowing incident that took the lives of innocent Americans, the probe into the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, will reveal if dirty fuel played a part in the malfunction of a cargo vessel that smashed into the bridge after losing power.

As of now, investigators have not been able to inspect the Dali, a colossal 948-foot-long container that remains still against what is left of the bridge. Since the ship will potentially stay stranded for an extended period, rescue efforts that were initially focused on finding survivors have turned into a recovery mission.

In the run-up to the crash, the Dali experienced flickering lights about an hour into its journey, while the ship’s harbor pilot and assistant observed propulsion and power malfunctions, based on a briefing by the Coast Guard.

An account from a ship’s officer highlighted the moment the vessel stopped working: “The vessel went dead, no steering power and no electronics. One of the engines coughed and then stopped. The smell of burned fuel was everywhere in the engine room and it was pitch black.”

The crew was unable to anchor in time to prevent drifting but managed to send a mayday distress signal before the collision.

While sea blackouts are rare, they are recognized as significant dangers. Naval architect Fotis Pagoulatos explained that contaminated fuel could disrupt the ship’s main power generators and cause propulsion loss. Although backup generators exist, their limited capacity and activation delay can prove a liability in critical situations.

National Transportation Safety Board head Jennifer Homendy said that the probe will dive into the ship’s operational and safety history, including its owner and operator, with efforts to retrieve the vessel’s recorders to reconstruct the events leading up to the crash.

Constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea, the Dali has undergone over 20 port state control inspections since 2015, according to Equasis, an international shipping database. Although no detentions were noted minor deficiencies were recorded in two inspections.

The bridge’s destruction is expected to trigger a string of insurance claims over structural damages, business disruptions and more, according to industry analysts, and affected parties may seek compensation from the ship’s operator.

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