The primary shipping route to Baltimore’s port has returned to its original capacity after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed on March 26. This incident blocked most maritime traffic and severely disrupted the Port of Baltimore, a key hub for automotive and agricultural equipment. The channel reopened after a massive cleanup operation, removing about 50,000 tons of debris. The collapse occurred when a container ship lost power and struck a supporting column, causing fatalities among the roadwork crew. For weeks, the port was largely inactive as the wreckage was cleared, with sections of the channel reopening gradually to allow some commercial traffic to resume.

On May 20, the cargo ship Dali, trapped in the wreckage, was refloated and returned to port. The channel then reopened partially and gradually allowed full two-way traffic. The port’s closure had significant economic effects, impacting many workers and small businesses. To address these issues, local and state authorities sped up efforts to restore normal operations. The reopening involved around 500 specialists and extensive equipment from various agencies. Colonel Estee Pinchasin, the Baltimore district commander for the Army Corps of Engineers, praised the teamwork and acknowledged the victims’ families. Investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI are ongoing, focusing on the ship’s power failures, with plans to rebuild the bridge by 2028.