The solely maritime delivery terminal at the moment working within the Port of Baltimore is getting ready to course of an inflow of redirected ships as crews proceed clearing the mangled wreckage of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge.

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Salvage work continues on the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)(AP/Julia Nikhinson)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The solely maritime delivery terminal at the moment working within the Port of Baltimore is getting ready to course of an inflow of ships as crews proceed clearing the mangled wreckage of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Tradepoint Atlantic will unload and course of an estimated 10,000 autos over the following 15 days, in line with an organization assertion. That contains six commonly scheduled ships and 9 others redirected as entry to the port’s essential terminals stays blocked, posing a logistical nightmare for delivery alongside the East Coast.

Crews opened a second non permanent channel by the collapse web site Tuesday, but it surely’s too shallow for many business vessels. The two alternate channels are meant primarily to help within the cleanup effort. Work continues to open a 3rd channel that may permit bigger vessels to cross by the bottleneck and restore extra business exercise, officers mentioned.

Meanwhile, unhealthy climate has hindered salvage operations in latest days. The Patapsco River can also be very murky, severely limiting the visibility of divers.

The bridge fell March 26 after being struck by the cargo ship Dali, which misplaced energy shortly after leaving Baltimore, sure for Sri Lanka. The ship issued a mayday alert with simply sufficient time for police to cease site visitors, however not sufficient to save lots of a roadwork crew filling potholes on the bridge.

Authorities consider six of the employees plunged to their deaths within the collapse, together with two whose bodies had been recovered final week. Two others survived. The ship stays stationary, its 21 crew members nonetheless aboard.

Viewed shut up from the deck of a Coast Guard boat, the scope of the disaster emerged by heavy fog Wednesday afternoon: Massive metal bridge girders had been twisted like ribbons whereas crushed metallic delivery containers dangled perilously from the stalled cargo ship. Fallen avenue lights that when lined the bridge jutted like toothpicks from the water’s floor.

The sheer quantity of particles dwarfed even the cranes and barges concerned within the cleanup. And that’s solely the view from above; officers mentioned underwater situations are considerably more difficult.

Divers are nonetheless attempting to get a way of the tangled, muddy net. Sonar is getting used to map the wreckage on the river backside in 50 toes (15 meters) of water. A large floating crane nicknamed “Chessy” helps with the salvage.

Crews will quickly start lifting undamaged containers off the ship earlier than eradicating the chunks of metal and concrete embedded in its bow, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath mentioned at a information convention.

The Maryland Senate is transferring swiftly to cross a invoice that would offer monetary help to port workers with out work who aren’t lined underneath unemployment insurance coverage. The invoice additionally would let the governor use state reserves to assist some small companies keep away from layoffs and encourage firms that relocate elsewhere to return to Baltimore as soon as the port reopens.

President Joe Biden is anticipated to go to the collapse web site Friday.

Other vessels are additionally caught in Baltimore’s harbor till delivery site visitors can resume by the port, which is likely one of the largest on the East Coast and a logo of the city’s maritime culture. It handles extra vehicles and farm gear than another U.S. port.

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Contributing to this report had been Associated Press writers Brian Witte in Annapolis and Sarah Brumfield in Washington.

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