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“Dirty”: Disturbing theory about the bridge tragedy

There is speculation that so-called “dirty fuel” may have played a key role in the Baltimore bridge disaster, which is believed to have killed six people.

Container ship MV dali was seen emitting black smoke in the seconds before it hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the US city and caused it to collapse on Tuesday (local time).

It was also reported that the disaster occurred so quickly that the ship was unable to drop an anchor that could have prevented it from crashing into one of the highway bridge’s pillars.

A miraculous attempt to close the bridge may have saved many motorists from plunging into the frigid waters of the Patapsco River below. But eight construction workers who were repairing potholes on the bridge weren’t so lucky.

Rescue efforts halted after Baltimore bridge collapses

While two were rescued from the river, six have not been seen since the tragedy

Officials have now called off the search on the grounds that due to the cold temperatures and the time that has passed, it was assumed that no one was alive.

Three people from the bridge crew were confirmed missing: Miguel Luna, Dorlian Cabrera and Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval. The alleged victims come from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

None of daliThe crew was injured, although the bridge’s shattered debris wrapped around the stricken ship.

Ship black boxes recovered

On Wednesday, divers removed a data recorder from the ship that resembles an airplane’s black box.

Investigators are now clarifying what led to the shocking collision.

The MV daliThe ship, operated by Singapore-based Synergy Marine Group on behalf of Danish shipping giant Maersk, left the port of Baltimore, north of Washington DC, at around 12.45pm local time (3.45pm AEDT) on Tuesday.

The 95,000-ton ship was en route to Sri Lanka and was carrying 1.5 million gallons of fuel and 4,700 containers, two of which are now missing.

It was almost 300 meters long and moved in the harbor waters at a speed of 14.8 km/h. That was a speed high enough to keep a ship that size from being blown off course by currents.

At the helm was a local pilot and not that one dali‘s captain, which is standard practice in ports.

At around 1:25 a.m., CCTV recorded the Dali’s lights going out. A minute later, the lights flickered back on, the images showed, but were accompanied by thick smoke rising from the funnel.

A little over a minute later the lights went out again and the DalI seemed to slow down and drift.

A mayday call was sent out by the dali‘screw. Seconds later, at 1:29 a.m., it hit one of the supports of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, sending the structure carrying Baltimore’s I-695 beltway into the water.

“Dirty Fuel” Theory.

After the collision, the U.S. government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a preliminary report saying dali had “lost drive” while leaving the port.

A focus of the investigation will be on why this happened.

US newspaper the Wall Street Journal said the probe would investigate whether contaminated fuel was a factor.

The newspaper cited a Coast Guard briefing it had seen.

“The ship broke down, there was no steering power and no electronics,” an officer on board said, according to the report Wall Street Journal.

After the engine stopped, there was reportedly no time to drop anchor to prevent this dali from drifting. Even if they had succeeded, it might not have been enough to bring the ship to a halt in time.

As the ship slowed due to lack of power, it may have been more at the mercy of the currents, which may have pushed it towards the pillar of passage.

“One of the engines coughed and then stopped. There was a smell of burnt fuel everywhere in the engine room and it was pitch black.”

The black smoke could be a sign of contaminated fuel.

Security officials have now confirmed that the investigation is looking at “dirty fuel”.

Naval experts said this BBC Contaminated fuel can cause ships to suffer a blackout and lose control at sea.

Although smaller generators serve as a backup, they may not be able to fully power all of the ship’s systems.

And they also need time to work. That may be fine on the wide open sea, but not in a crowded port like Baltimore, where there are many obstacles.

“The FBI should investigate this.”

An oil refinery owner told US television Fox News on Wednesday that concerns about dirty fuel may well be legitimate.

Using this oil instead of the real fuel helped refineries save money. John Catsimatidis, CEO of United Refining Company, said it had been secretly sold to schools and transportation companies in the past.

“If no one pays close enough attention, they will give them contaminated fuel,” he said.

“You know, you give them 80 percent real fuel and 20 percent garbage. And the FBI should look into it.”

Ship inspections

The Singapore authorities have stated this dali passed two inspections last year.

“The ship’s required classification societies and statutory certificates regarding the structural integrity of the ship and the functionality of the ship’s equipment were valid at the time of the incident,” the Singapore Ports Authority said.

It added that a faulty fuel pressure monitoring indicator was fixed in June.

Nevertheless, it is dali Two “deficiencies” have been identified in the past, according to Electronic Quality Shipping Information System (Equasis) records.

Last year, Chilean authorities found the ship “deficient” in “propulsion and auxiliary machinery – measuring instruments, thermometers, etc.”

Another defect occurred in the Belgian port of Antwerp in 2016 when the ship’s stern swung around several times and repeatedly hit the port’s quay, damaging the hull.

It passed its last inspection in September 2023 in New York City.

The incident forced the closure of the Port of Baltimore, the eighth-busiest in the United States.

While some cargo may be diverted to other ports, there are concerns the closure could cost up to $23 million a day.

– with AFP.

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