At least seven people are missing after the accident in which a ship on time charter with Maersk sailed into a bridge in Baltimore.

The vessel, named Dali and chartered by Maersk, was on its usual route between the US east coast and the Middle East and Asia.

The incident occurred around 1:30 AM local time, according to Automatic Identification System data. It appears that the vessel experienced mechanical issues before hitting the bridge, as seen in video footage showing lights flickering on and off just prior to the collision.

As a result of the impact, a portion of the Francis Scott Key bridge collapsed, causing multiple vehicles to fall into the Patapsco River. Up to 20 people were reported to have fallen into the river.

Fortunately, all crew members, including two river pilots, onboard the Dali have been safely accounted for. There are no reports of injuries among the crew, and no pollution has been reported from the ship.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. The vessel has initiated its Qualified Individual Incident response service, and the US Coast Guard and local officials have been notified.

Maersk, the charterer of the Dali, expressed concern for those affected by the incident and confirmed that no Maersk personnel were onboard the vessel. They are closely monitoring the investigations conducted by authorities and the vessel's management company, SYNERGY.

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A significant portion of the Key Bridge has been closed in both directions, with traffic being detoured, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Further updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.