Cargo mover waits out “catastrophic” halt in Baltimore port business 

Apr 19, 2024
"It was like, 'OK, this is a horrific event. And how are we going to recover from this?'" says Dawn Speakman, founder of Drayage Solutions in Baltimore.
Crews are still working to clear the wreckage from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore.
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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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Just beyond Baltimore bridge wreckage, one cargo facility is bustling

Apr 10, 2024
Tradepoint Atlantic, southeast of the collapsed Francis Scott Key bridge, is the only terminal accepting cargo ships. And it's expanding.
Ed Johnson works in security at Tradepoint Atlantic at the port. Behind him is the Donington, a cargo ship that was redirected to TA's facility.
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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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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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Baltimore's port closure could upend jobs and supply chains for months

Mar 29, 2024
Baltimore's port could be closed for months, keeping people out of work and leaving freighters looking for places to route their loads.
Above, the Seagirt Marine Terminal at the Port of Baltimore in September 2018. Baltimore’s port supports more than 150,000 jobs — 15,000 of them through direct employment.
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Clearing the wreckage in Baltimore is a difficult and dangerous operation

Mar 28, 2024
Containers carrying hundreds of tons of hazardous materials were on the ship, complicating the monumental cleanup.
Giant cranes are expected to remove some of the remains of the destroyed vessel, and  hazardous materials on the ship have fallen into the water, experts say.
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Baltimore bridge victims were immigrants in riskier, hard-to fill jobs

Mar 27, 2024
Mexican and Central American workers have been the lifeblood of the Baltimore economy, but they're also part of the "lowerarchy."
"Unfortunately, even when they're in the middle of the night, working the graveyard shift in the middle of a flimsy bridge, that represents a future for them and that represents opportunity for them," says George Escobar of CASA about immigrant workers.
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