Port of Baltimore opens following bridge collapse

The United States Department of Transportation has fully reopened the Port of Baltimore.

The announcement comes days after the reinstatement of the main shipping channel, and less than 12 weeks after a container ship struck Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge.

At an official ceremony, Maryland Governor Wes Moore expressed gratitude to the 1,500 people from federal, state and local agencies who worked to reopen the 200-metre channel. In only 78 days, they removed more than 50,000 tonnes of debris from the Patapsco River, fully restoring the channel, welcoming back global shipping businesses and cruises, and getting Marylanders back to work, he said.

The container ship Dali crashed into one of the bridge’s support piers, knocking it over and killing six construction workers who were filling potholes on the roadway.

“What happened that early morning of March 26th was horrific. What happened next was inspiring,” said United States Department of Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg. “As of this week the channel is open, the ships are moving, the terminals are operating, and this great American port is full steam ahead.”

The Port of Baltimore’s public terminals directly support 8,000 workers, including longshoremen and truckers. Each day the port’s economic impact represents $192 million (USD), representing 13 per cent of Maryland’s gross domestic product.

The Maryland Transportation Authority is currently accepting requests for proposals for a design-build team to rebuild the Key Bridge. A project team is expected to be selected in mid-to-late summer this year, with the entire project estimated to be completed in fall 2028.

In other news, WEC Lines will launch a direct, weekly service connecting Portugal and Spain with Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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