Baltimore’s New Plan After Ship Disaster

Photo by Brendan Beale on Unsplash

( – On Thursday, a deeper channel is going to be opened which will give commercial ships an option for exiting and entering the port of Baltimore. This is an important step in reestablishing the trade which had been abruptly stopped because of the March 26 collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge after a container ship slammed into it. 

The Army Corps of Engineers has managed to open three temporary channels under parts of the bridge as the bridge is being removed. The new channel is 35-foot-deep which would give the majority of ships access to transit between ports. 

This move is one week ahead of schedule, as previously officials had stated that they wanted to have the deeper channels opened by the end of the month. 

Previously five of of the seven cargo ships had been blocked into the port, however, the new channels will allow the ships to exit the port. There are also other ships which are intending to enter the port which is an important terminal for coal and vehicle transport. 

The bridge had collapsed after it was struck by the MV Dali in late March. The accident had been caused by a power failure and six workers had lost their lives. The port’s main channel, which is 50 feet deep, is also scheduled to reopen next month once the ship gets removed. This will allow the marine traffic control to return to its normal levels. 

Copyright 2024,