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A first navigational corridor was planned through the ruins of the Baltimore Bridge

A first navigational corridor was planned through the ruins of the Baltimore Bridge

Officials at the Port of Baltimore are believed to be working on removing part of the wreckage of a bridge that collapsed after a container ship collided with it on Monday to create a temporary navigation walkway so ships can pass through. Necessary”.

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In a press release, the various national authorities of Maryland and Baltimore State noted that this first corridor will be the first step in the gradual resumption of marine traffic in the port of the northeastern United States. Country.

However, the corridor will not initially be wide enough to allow larger vessels to pass through, so will initially be reserved for “operational” vessels and emergency vessels.

“Container ships are not wide enough to pass through. The gradual opening of the passage to more ships is underway, but we don't have a timetable for this,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Carmen Caver told AFP.

It should be open “today, no time yet,” said his colleague Kimberly Reeves.

He added that the second navigation corridor is being opened but it is not possible to get details on whether it will be open for navigation on Monday.

The announcement follows the unveiling of elements of the bridge on Sunday, a complex operation that required cutting and moving the first section weighing “around 200 tonnes”.

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Earlier this week, a container ship struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on the US East Coast in the middle of the night, collapsing, killing six people.

A portion of the bridge has collapsed and the boat is currently stuck there. This hampers sea traffic in one of the country's busiest ports.

At the time of the accident, 6 workers were believed to have died while repairing the road on the bridge. The bodies of two of them were found.

Due to the “weather and the amount of debris in the water,” efforts to find other remains have been hampered by authorities considering the work of divers on the scene now too dangerous, Gov. Wess reiterated Sunday.