Phoenix Divers Complete Work on Francis Scott Key Bridge

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In March of 2024, Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) was contracted by DonJon Marine shortly after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, for diving support in their cleanup and salvage operations. Phoenix Bayou Vista quickly mobilized a ten-man dive team and dispatched containerized diving systems with chambers and various required equipment to Baltimore to aid in this endeavor. As the only diving contractor with chambers onsite, Phoenix was able to offer the utilization of their resources to the other diving contractors should any of their divers experience a decompression event.

Phoenix’s project management team provided logistical support and guidance from the Bayou Vista, LA, facility by locally sourcing equipment frequently utilized in the Gulf of Mexico region. Additionally, the home office’s headquarters in Maryland enabled Phoenix to offer insight, recommendations, and connections for necessities being sourced within the project area.

Phoenix provided post-bridge collapse inspection and worked closely with DonJon’s engineers and Salvage Master to determine key cut-point locations prior to shearing, and diamond wire saw operations. Phoenix also collaborated with the Maryland State Police to assist with recovery operations when remains were discovered during these inspections.

Commenting on the project, Phoenix President Patrick Keenan stated, “Phoenix is pleased that our professional divers were able to assist in re-opening the main Baltimore ship channel and provide closure to families impacted by this tragic event.”

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