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Workers who built Baltimore's Key Bridge reflect on its reach in their lives

Apr 18, 2024
The ironworkers, painters and others who constructed the bridge thought it would outlive them.
Buddy Cefalu connecting road beams as an ironworker during the construction of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.
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The loss of Baltimore's bridge has snarled traffic. How do commuters cope?

Apr 9, 2024
Previously, 30,000 cars and trucks would traverse the Francis Scott Key daily. Now all those vehicles have to find other routes.
About 30,000 vehicles used to travel the Key Bridge every day. Now all those cars and trucks have to find other routes.
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How crews on cargo ships stranded in Baltimore are working to maintain good "seafarer culture"

Apr 5, 2024
Ship crews are used to a life in motion. Now the mostly international workers could be stuck in port for weeks.
Captain Prachya Prengsieng stands aboard the Phatra Naree, a cargo ship with a crew from Thailand. It’s docked right next to the collapsed Key Bridge, and can’t leave the Port of Baltimore.
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Aboard stranded cargo ships in Baltimore's port, a fight against "tedium"

Apr 5, 2024
The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse left eight cargo ships and crews stranded indefinitely. The port’s chaplain is offering chocolate, wi-fi hotspots, and rides to the shopping mall.
Watakee Kasakun stands on the deck of the Phatra Naree, a cargo ship from Thailand, with the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge behind him. He and the rest of the crew are now stuck in the Port of Baltimore indefinitely.
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For thousands of workers who rely on Baltimore's port, work has slowed or stopped

Apr 3, 2024
That includes longshoremen who unload container ships, warehouse workers who store the goods and restaurant servers who feed them all.
Workers use an overhead crane to move a reel of telecommunications wire at the Trans American Trucking & Warehouse facility near the port.
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How much will the Baltimore bridge reconstruction cost?

Apr 2, 2024
Funding will likely come from a variety of sources, including the federal government and insurance agencies.
The Francis Scott Key Bridge, above, was a steel-truss bridge vulnerable to damage. It may be rebuilt as a cable-stayed, twin-span bridge, which is more resilient.
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Who will pay for the Key Bridge collapse?

Apr 2, 2024
The Baltimore disaster may become the largest marine insurance loss ever. About 100 insurance companies are reportedly involved.
Roughly 100 insurance companies are involved in the Baltimore disaster, said Nadja Dreff with Morningstar.
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Maryland legislators hope to help port workers and others affected by the bridge collapse

Apr 1, 2024
More than 15,000 people work directly at the port, and more than 140,000 additional jobs are connected to it.
With the port's main shipping channel closed, small business owners as well as restaurant and hotel staff working near the port could soon find themselves out of work.
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