MV Dali

Dali in the Port of Rotterdam in 2017
NamesakeSalvador Dalí
  • Stellar Marine LLC (2015–2016)
  • Grace Ocean Pte. Ltd. (2016–present)
  • Maersk (charterer)
  • Oceanbulk Container Management (2015–2016)
  • Synergy Marine Pte. Ltd. (2016–present)
Port of registry
Ordered14 May 2013
BuilderHyundai Heavy Industries (Ulsan, South Korea)
Yard number2678
Laid down10 October 2014
Launched27 December 2014
Christened5 January 2015
Completed5 March 2015
StatusGrounded in the Patapsco River after striking a bridge.
General characteristics
Class and typeNeopanamax container ship
  • 95,128 GT
  • 52,150 NT
  • 116,851 DWT
Displacement148,984 t (146,631 long tons)
Length299.92 m (984 ft)
Beam48.2 m (158 ft 2 in)
Draught15.03 m (49 ft 4 in)
Depth24.8 m (81 ft 4 in)
Installed powerMAN-B&W 9S90ME-C9.2; 41,480 kW (55,630 hp)
PropulsionSingle shaft; fixed pitch propeller
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity9,971 TEU

MV Dali is a 2015-built Neopanamax container ship chartered to Maersk. On 26 March 2024, she collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, causing a catastrophic structural failure of the bridge.


Dali is a Neopanamax container ship with a length overall of 299.92 metres (984 ft), beam of 48.2 metres (158 ft 2 in), moulded depth of 24.8 metres (81 ft 4 in), and summer draft of 15.03 metres (49 ft 4 in). Her gross and net tonnages are 91,128 and 52,150, respectively, and her deadweight tonnage is 116,851tonnes. Her container capacity is 9,971 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

Dali is propelled by a single low-speed two-stroke crosshead diesel engine coupled to a fixed-pitch propeller. Her main engine, a 9-cylinder MAN-B&W 9S90ME-C9.2 unit manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries under license, is rated 41,480 kW (55,630 hp) at 82.5rpm. Her service speed is 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph). For maneuvering in ports, Dali has a single 3,000 kW (4,000 hp) bow thruster. Electricity is generated onboard by two 3,840 kW (5,150 hp) and two 4,400 kW (5,900 hp) auxiliary diesel generators.


On 14 May 2013, Hyundai Heavy Industries was contracted to build two container ships based on the "Hyundai 9000 wide beam" design that was modified by relocating the wheelhouse from three-quarters aft to a more forward position to increase the container capacity from 9,034 to 9,962 TEU. A further two similar ships were ordered for CMA CGM and four for Maersk later in 2013.

The construction began in Ulsan, South Korea, in July 2014 and the hull with the yard number 2678 was laid down on 10 October 2014 and launched on 27 December of the same year. On 5 January 2015, Dali and her sister ship Cezanne were named for painters Salvador Dalí and Paul Cézanne.


Both Dali and Cezanne were delivered to Greek shipowner Oceanbulk Maritime SA in early 2015, for charter by Maersk. Dali was registered in Majuro, Marshall Islands, under the ownership of Stellar Marine LLC, until October 2016 when the ship was sold to Grace Ocean Pte. Ltd. She was reflagged to Singapore where the owner and the manager, Synergy Marine Group, are based.

While in the port of San Antonio, Chile, in June 2023, port state control inspection revealed a single deficiency related to "gauges, thermometers etc." in the ship's machinery, subsequently clarified as a monitor gauge for fuel pressure which was rectified prior to departure. The ship was not detained, and at the follow-up inspection in the United States, three months later, no problems were identified.


Port of Antwerp 2016

On 11 July 2016, Dali collided with the berth at the container terminal in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, causing significant damage to her stern and transom. The berth was also damaged and closed for cargo handling operations. No injuries or water pollution were reported.

Francis Scott Key Bridge 2024

Dali with bridge wreckage across her bow
Dali's size, though considered large, is less than that of the largest container ship.

On 26 March 2024, Dali departed the Port of Baltimore in the United States, bound for Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a crew of 22 and two pilots. Shortly after leaving the port, the ship lost power, but was able to broadcast a mayday call. Soon afterwards, she collided with a support pillar of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing the major part of the bridge to collapse, with one span falling onto the ship's forecastle. None of the 24 on board were seriously injured. All moving traffic had left the bridge, but six construction workers died. The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting the investigation of the data recorder and interviewing the crew. There are 56 containers on board with 764 tons of hazardous materials, among the total load of nearly 4,700 shipping containers. Due to not possessing visas, the 21 crew members, 20 of whom are Indian, were required to stay onboard the ship, which is aground with its bow under the wreckage of the bridge.

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