The tragic effects from the cargo ship destroying the Francis Scott Key Bridge continue to pile up

March 28 – A lot of us can still see the picture in our minds of the cargo ship that crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge outside of Baltimore early Tuesday morning. 

Eight workers were on the bridge at the time – two were recovered from the water and the other six are still missing and presumed dead. 

The bridge is no longer in operation and it was a major source of goods and services for parts of the eastern seaboard. 

In fact, conservative estimates are saying that the lack of commerce flowing through the port alone is costing the country more than $15 million a day. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “That also does not account for the roughly 12,000 jobs that are tied to that port authority. This is a big problem locally there in Maryland, too, because when you have that many workers that suddenly don’t have anything to do, that in and of itself is a crisis.”

Additional reporting has shown that Lloyd’s of London, the insurer for maritime ship accidents, is looking at claims that will likely be billions and billions of dollars. 

Barkdoll said, “There’s still no end in sight. What’s the plan? There’s fear that this is going to take a long time just to get that ship out of the water and all of the debris out before it can be re-dredged and even started to rebuild.”

There’s also concern about the need to reroute supplies via the trucks that would cross the bridge. 

Barkdoll explained, “That bridge was the designated route for the transport of toxic and hazardous materials, because the Department of Transportation did not want those kinds of materials going through those tunnels that are all around Baltimore. Well, this is now a problem because the bridge is out. That’s the designated route. They’re now going to have to use those tunnels. That’s alarming a lot of safety officials. So a real, real problem there.”