No evidence captain of Baltimore crash ship is Ukrainian

28 March 2024
What was claimed

The captain of the container ship Dali, which crashed into a bridge in Baltimore, is Ukrainian.

Our verdict

There’s no evidence for this. The ship’s management said at the time of the accident the entire crew was composed of Indian nationals.

A number of Facebook posts falsely claim that the captain of the ship Dali, which crashed into a bridge close to the US city of Baltimore earlier this week is a citizen of Ukraine. 

As evidence, some of the posts include a screenshot from a maritime recruitment website, which includes the details of a Ukrainian man who has worked on the Dali in the past. This does not mean that this man was captain on 26 March, when the accident happened.  

The name of the captain has not been made public but there is no evidence to support the claim they were from Ukraine. 

According to a press release issued by the ship’s management company, Synergy Marine Group, all 22 members of the Dali’s crew are Indian. Two pilots—local specialists who help guide vessels safely in and out of ports—were also aboard the Dali at the time of the collision. One pilot was a trainee observing a more experienced operator. Both are reported to be US citizens living in Baltimore. 

The screenshot in some of the posts comes from, a website for recruitment in the maritime industry. 

That man’s record has apparently since been deleted from the website, but archived versions uploaded by a BBC journalist and also seen by Full Fact show the man last worked on Dali in 2016.

Other fact checkers have also found no evidence to support the idea that the captain of the ship was from Ukraine.

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