Who are the 21 crew members who remain inside the cargo ship that crashed into the Baltimore bridge – La Opinion

Who are the 21 crew members who remain inside the cargo ship that crashed into the Baltimore bridge – La Opinion

Nearly a week after the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, 21 crew members remain stranded aboard the ship involved in the accident.

Most of the Dali’s crew is from India. One of the sailors was slightly injured when the ship collided with the bridge.

Six people who were on the bridge died in the collapse.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the collision and it is unclear when the crew will be able to abandon ship.

He daliwhich is 300 meters long and has the capacity to transport 10,000 containers, left for Sri Lanka when the accident occurred in the early morning of Tuesday March 26.

What is known about the crew?

A total of 21 sailors were aboard the Dali at the time of the crash. India has confirmed that 20 of them are indian citizens.

Government statistics show that 315,000 Indians are employed in the maritime industry, about 20% of the world’s workforce in the area. Indians are second only to Filipinos in the sector.

One crew member is from Sri Lanka, according to the United States Coast Guard.

An Indian official said last week that the entire crew is in good health, including the member who suffered a minor injury and required stitches.

Not much else is known about the sailors, their background or their experience.

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How are the crew members?

Among the few people who have been in contact with them is Joshua Messick, executive director of the Baltimore International Seafarers Centera nonprofit organization that works to protect the rights of seafarers.

Messick told the BBC that he exchanged messages WhatsApp with the crew after arranging the delivery of an aid package, which included access points Wifi.

He described them as “uneasy” and largely silent about their situation while the investigation unfolds.

“They’re not saying much to anyone who’s been in contact with them,” Messick said.

“They didn’t have WiFi until Saturday and didn’t really know what the rest of the world’s perception was. They weren’t sure if they were being blamed or demonized.. “They just didn’t know what to expect.”

“They are also in a very delicate situation,” he added. “What they say can affect the company. I imagine they have been advised to keep a low profile for the time being.”

Andrew Middleton, who directs Apostolate of the Seaa program that serves ships passing through Baltimore, said it has been in contact with the crew “several times a day” since the collision.

“They say they are all fine,” he said.

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Reuters: The ship crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge early on March 26.

When will they be allowed to leave the ship?

Authorities have said that, for now, there are no plans to disembark the Dali’s crew, who are still working on maintenance on the ship. They are unlikely to abandon ship until she is transferred, a complicated and potentially lengthy process.

On Friday, the Coast Guard Admiral Shannon Gilreath He said moving the ship is a secondary priority after reopening the port of baltimore.

Even under normal circumstances, Disembarking foreign national crews in US ports requires significant paperwork.

In addition to visas, sailors must have valid land passes that allow them to get off the ship. They also require escorts to take them from the ship to the terminal gate, although that function can be performed by nonprofit organizations that work with boaters in the area.

It is unclear whether the Dali’s crew has the necessary documentation to disembark. The BBC has contacted the “unified command” responsible for the response to the Baltimore crash for comment.

Chirag Bahri, a veteran Indian sailor who now serves as international operations manager for the International Network for Assistance and Welfare of Seafarers based in the United Kingdomsaid it will likely be a matter of months until all sailors can return home.

“Maybe after a few weeks, some of the lower ranks can be repatriated home,” he said. “But senior officials may still have to complete the formal investigation and remain in the United States.”

What does the crew need?

The Dali crew has food, water and other supplies originally scheduled for their trip to Sri Lanka.

You will also be able to receive packages from nonprofit organizations that work with sailors, which Messick said would include baked goods and other foods.

The most pressing needs are psychologicalexperts consider.

Messick said combating boredom when not working is one of the biggest challenges if seafarers are isolated for long periods. Many, who are usually young, will turn to video games and social networks to pass the time.

“The [barcos] The happiest are those where the crew can come together and enjoy each other’s company,” Messick said. “But that’s not always the case.”

Bahri, for his part, assumes that the crew will need support from mental health in the wake of the accident and the intense media attention on what went wrong and who, if anyone, is responsible.

“Now everyone is trying to solve the case. That needs to stop,” she stated.

“Seafarers are likely already traumatized and stressed. They are still on a ship in a foreign land. We must support them and make them feel confident that they will not be judged in this time of need.”

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