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Plan to open 2 alternative channels to help cleanup from Baltimore bridge collapse

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Plan to open 2 alternative channels to help cleanup from Baltimore bridge collapse

Officials overseeing the cleanup of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed after being struck by an uncontrolled cargo ship, said tonight that a tugboat pushing a fuel barge was the first to pass through a temporary channel next to the bridge. A ship was built. ,

There are currently plans to open two small temporary waterways to help clean up the disaster site, Agence France-Presse reported.

Officials said the channel would initially be open only to small vessels participating in cleanup operations and would not be large enough to allow cargo and container ships to pass.

The “Crystal Coast” tugboat pushing the fuel barge passed through the temporary channel just before 3 pm local time today, which became the scene of the bridge suspension on the morning of March 26.SingaporeThe first ship to pass through the floating channel after the collision and collapse of the cargo ship DALI, which lost power and the national flag. A total of 6 people died in this disaster.

The Joint Information Center, which is overseeing the cleanup, said in a statement that the barge was preparing to transport jet fuel to the Defense Department’s Dover Air Force Base.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore told reporters that a second, slightly deeper channel would be opened in the next few days.

He told a press conference that opening a temporary passage would “allow more ships to enter the waters around the collapse site” and thus more people to join the difficult task of cleaning up the port.

After the Key Bridge collapsed, layers of debris accumulated, blocking access to the channel and disrupting shipping, the Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest ports in the United States.

Officials hope to first break the bridge into small pieces and then slowly remove it, allowing search and rescue personnel to find the remains of all victims and reopen this vital waterway.

white HouseEarlier the President had announcedbidenHe is expected to go to Baltimore on the 5th. The city is located about 64 kilometers north of Washington.

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