BALTIMORE, Md — On March twenty sixth, the Dali and its crew set out on what was alleged to be a 27-day journey to Sri Lanka. Nearly 80 days later, they’re nonetheless in Baltimore, they usually’re nonetheless on the ship.

“No shore go away but. I’m hoping they get one thing quickly,” mentioned Andrew Middleton, after letting out an indication. He’s the manager director of the Apostleship of the Sea, a ministry group for seafarers in Baltimore. “If they don’t get shore go away right here, hopefully in Norfolk they both get shore go away or repatriated, one of many two.”

He’s visited the crew on board the ship a number of occasions now.

“At this level it is type of like having a dialog with a buddy,” Middleton instructed WMAR-2 News on Thursday.

On Sunday, the day earlier than the primary channel to the Port of Baltimore reopened, he boarded the ship whereas the crew watched a cricket match. Cricket is a well-liked sport in India, the place a lot of the males are from.

“Everyone appears to be in good spirits. There had been quite a lot of loud cheers and clapping when India carried out nicely.”

The photograph above was taken by the Singapore Organization of Seamen, the union representing the crew. After the FBI confisacted their telephones as a part of its ongoing investigation, the union advocated for the members to get momentary ones. Middleton says they now have new telephones which are theirs to maintain, bought with funds raised by 4 completely different seafarers’ unions around the globe. So they’ve entry to the surface world, they usually’re maintaining with the information about their scenario.

“One of the crew bought very excited after I walked into the ship’s workplace and was like, ‘I simply noticed you on TV.’ I assume they had been looking out the Internet or YouTube or one thing and noticed an interview I had completed,” Middleton mentioned.

The FBI launched its felony investigation into the incident again in April. The company would not touch upon present investigations, however WMAR-2 News’ Elizabeth Worthington spoke to an lawyer final month who makes a speciality of maritime regulation, for extra perception.

Because there was lack of life, lawyer Sean Pribyl says investigators could also be one thing known as the ‘Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute.’

“That is a statute that criminalizes primarily inflicting the loss of life of people. It applies extensively to those who could have precipitated that; very low commonplace to satisfy that.”

The regulation applies to anybody on board the ship, and generally past – to the businesses in cost.

“I’d count on that they are casting a large internet. These are early days, so that they’re in all probability exploring different potential felony expenses,” Pribyl mentioned of the investigators.

Before the collapse, when the crew first arrived in Baltimore, Middleton took a number of the males purchasing for primary requirements, as a part of his regular duties with the seafarer ministry.

They would have wanted shore passes to disembark on American soil. But these passes are solely good for a few month. Middleton defined a doable snag within the means of getting these renewed.

“Once they expire, you’ll want to sail into worldwide waters after which come again and be re-issued a shore go.”

We had been instructed by officers with the Unified Command, the set of businesses answerable for the restoration effort, the Dali would keep in Baltimore till at the very least the tip of June, whereas the contractor, Resolve Marine, continues the salvage operations on the ship. Then it will be taken to a shipyard in Nortfolk, Virginia for repairs.

“Nobody has mentioned in the event that they need to end out their contract or go residence. I do know there’s been talks about – for many who need to go residence, the ship line will make preparations for that and for his or her replacements,” Middleton mentioned.