Cargo Shipping Remains on Hold in Baltimore Following Bridge Collapse

Commercial traffic, both on land and sea, will be impacted for some time

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The city of Baltimore is still reeling from the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning. Serving over 35,000 people daily, the bridge is an integral part of the city's infrastructure, and its absence will be felt for years to come.

The bridge also serves as the sole entryway into the Port of Baltimore, the nation's 17th largest by total tons in 2021, and the leading American port for importing and exporting automobiles, light trucks, and construction vehicles.

President Biden stated yesterday his intention for the federal government to cover the entire reconstruction cost. However, cleanup will take months, and constructing a new bridge could span years.

As of Wednesday morning, there was no timetable as to when cargo ships may be able to again access the Port of Baltimore. There are at least 10 ships currently anchored offshore in a holding pattern.

Supply Chain 247 Editor Andy Gray has a roundup of the latest news here: How Baltimore's Bridge Collapse Will Affect Supply Chains

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Commercial shipping traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore remains on hold following the collapse of a bridge in the region on Tuesday.
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Commercial shipping traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore remains on hold following the collapse of a bridge in the region on Tuesday.
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