Port of Baltimore suspends traffic operations amid bridge collapse

Port of Baltimore suspends traffic operations amid bridge collapse

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has suspended ship traffic entering and departing the port following the collision of the Dali containership with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the early hours of 26 March.

The Economic Times reported that Jonathan Gold, Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs policy at the National Retail Federation, said that Baltimore’s port has become increasingly important to US retailers and manufacturers seeking to diversify their supply networks and bring goods closer to customers.

At a briefing held on 26 March, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, stated “there is no question that this will have a major and protracted impact to supply chains”

The Port of Baltimore released this official statement after the incident: “We want to express our deepest thoughts to the individuals and families involved in this morning’s tragic incident. Vessel traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore is suspended until further notice.

“This does not mean the Port of Baltimore is closed. Trucks are being processed within our marine terminals. At this time we do not know how long vessel traffic will be suspended. As soon as that is determined we will provide an update. Until then please keep those involved in your prayers.”

Baltimore Mayor, Brandon M Scott’s official statement on the Key Bridge Collapse

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Donna Deegan, the Mayor of Jacksonville, said: “We are saddened by the situation in Baltimore and are praying for their community. I have been in contact with JAXPORT CEO Eric Green to discuss the maritime impacts as they continue to evolve.

“The City of Jacksonville and our partner agencies always stand ready to help our sister communities during their time of need. Our City and port community stands with the people of Baltimore.”

According to the BBC, President Joe Biden informed reporters that the US government would: “Move heaven and earth to reopen the port and rebuild the bridge as soon as humanly possible.”

However, the President noted that the rebuilding procedure would “take some time.”

Video footage of US Coast Guard, Shannon Gilreath, and Roland L Butler, Maryland Secretary of State Police, announcing that six individuals missing are presumed dead, The Guardian

Recently, the Helen Delich Bently Port of Baltimore received a top U.S. Coast Guard security assessment for the 15th consecutive year.

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