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Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge I-695 GONE

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Container ship collision collapses entire span over Patapsco River ship channel. East Coast I-95 traffic in/around Baltimore will certainly be affected for the foreseeable future. Big impact on port facilities and shipping.
 

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Terrible :( The video in the NYTimes is terrifying. The poor souls driving across the bridge when it happened.
 

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It looked like the freighter lost power just before the collision
 

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That bridge looks really frail when it's in the water.
 

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It looked like the freighter lost power just before the collision
Yes, there is a video of the lights going off then back on and off multiple times prior to collision. Every tome lights go off it veers toward bridge support. Will be interesting to learn why.
 

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Yes, there is a video of the lights going off then back on and off multiple times prior to collision. Every tome lights go off it veers toward bridge support. Will be interesting to learn why.

@davidvel Please post a link. I'd like to see that one.

I know nothing about navigating Baltimore's Outer Harbor (I guess it's the Patapsco River out by the Key Bridge) but it's possible that wind and/or current pushed the ship in that direction. Lost power could mean loss of steering control or maybe loss of propulsion. (Loss of power and loss of propulsion don't necessarily go together.)
 
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Is it between John’s Hopkins and the airport?
 

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What is vacation traffic and the daliy computer traffic going to be in this area for the next 5 to 6 years? Daliy Traffic is already heavy. IMHO
 

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Hope the container ship Dali, and it's operators have some SERIOUS insurance, because they're about so be filing some SERIOUS claims!
 

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No. The bridge was over to the east of that route.
Yes it's southeast of center city Baltimore. It's the eastern section of I695 Baltimore beltway - a heavily traveled beltway every day. Below is a screenshot of a map for reference. It's a 1.6 mile long bridge - one of the largest bridge spans in the world at 1200 feet - IIRC it's still the third largest span in the US at least. It's a core artery around Baltimore and it's currently blocking the second busiest port on the eastern seaboard from a supply chain standpoint. Expect supply chain issues on the eastern seaboard as a result of this. Fortunately this all occurred at 1:35am in the morning so traffic was at a minimum - last I heard there were a couple dozen people still missing - including construction crew members that were working on the bridge during the overnight hours.

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Lawyers will be busy for years to come
Heck of a place to lose steering and forward propulsion
 

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I have a huge hang up about driving over a bridge. I can ride but I can’t drive with my eyes closed. If they offered a service to drive the car over a bridge I would use it. This makes it worse.
 
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Expect supply chain issues on the eastern seaboard as a result of this.
As a former trucker, I drove that bridge when I had a hazardous materials load, since I-95 and I-895 forbid HazMat loads. The industry is saying all non-tunnel trucks (oversized or HazMat) must take the other side of I-695. The only "supply chain issues" I see is a 1-day delay in moving freight, since all trucks will be crammed onto I-95 and I-695 West as well as local/US routes.

In terms of the ship's propulsion, when they lose the engine, the ships just "go with the flow" (aka current). Since the river is pushing the ship, the rudder is ineffective.

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It has been reported that this ship had some problems leaving the port of Norfolk, Virginia last week or the week before. Plus,this same ship hit a barge overseas in 2016.
 

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Anybody thinking of buying a home on Sparrow's Point (see that map) should probably wait many years
 

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As a former trucker, I drove that bridge when I had a hazardous materials load, since I-95 and I-895 forbid HazMat loads. The industry is saying all non-tunnel trucks (oversized or HazMat) must take the other side of I-695. The only "supply chain issues" I see is a 1-day delay in moving freight, since all trucks will be crammed onto I-95 and I-695 West as well as local/US routes.

In terms of the ship's propulsion, when they lose the engine, the ships just "go with the flow" (aka current). Since the river is pushing the ship, the rudder is ineffective.

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Except for the fact that zero ships can navigate into or out of the actual port of Baltimore - which is upriver of where the failed bridge is now blocking all waters with hazardous materials from the failed bridge collapse. It has nothing to do with the trucks - it has to do with the shipping lanes being blocked. Same goes for all cruise ships - which also dock upriver.


Excerpt from that article: "The Maryland Port Administration announced on Tuesday the suspension of vessel traffic into and out of the Port of Baltimore until further notice. The port is not shut down and it's still processing trucks inside of the terminals."

Hopefully they can somehow clear collapsed bridge materials from the channel sooner rather than later - to at least re-establish the shipping lane ingress and egress from the port of Baltimore.
 
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CEIX stock fell 10% on the open today because they seem to use that port to export coal. I guess the shipping channel how has a bridge IN it.
It's always something
 

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I have a huge hang up about driving over a bridge. I can ride but I can’t drive with my eyes closed. If they offered a service to drive the car over a bridge I would use it. This makes it worse.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which takes you from the bottom of the Delmarva Peninsula to Virginia (and the other way), does have driving services available.
 

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Terrible :( The video in the NYTimes is terrifying. The poor souls driving across the bridge when it happened.
news I have heard is there were also construction workers that are missing, road work at night. Didn't get much notice to get off seems.
Adding: heard on tv the ship did not use it's anchors to stop it's movement
 
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@davidvel Please post a link. I'd like to see that one.

I know nothing about navigating Baltimore's Outer Harbor (I guess it's the Patapsco River out by the Key Bridge) but it's possible that wind and/or current pushed the ship in that direction. Lost power could mean loss of steering control or maybe loss of propulsion. (Loss of power and loss of propulsion don't necessarily go together.)
Video
 

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news I have heard is there were also construction workers that are missing, road work at night. Didn't get much notice to get off seems.
Adding: heard on tv the ship did not use it's anchors to stop it's movement
Correct. Pot hole filling crew.
 

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I have a huge hang up about driving over a bridge. I can ride but I can’t drive with my eyes closed. If they offered a service to drive the car over a bridge I would use it. This makes it worse
Mackinac Bridge has a driving service.
 

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I-95 N and I-95 S bound are going to be a traffic disaster in the next few months and days.
 
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