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Extra Credit: Baltimore bridge collapse reveals broken links in supply chain

Extra Credit: Baltimore Bridge Collapse Reveals Broken Links in Supply Chain

More than two days have passed since a cargo ship crashed into Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge. As the rest of the team works to recover bodies and restore HRA AIS, our national supply network is adapting to absorb the aftershock of the bridge collapse. Ship traffic for the ports of Baltimore is being redirected to neighboring ports like Norfolk and the Port of New York and New Jersey. As an assistant professor in decision science at the University of Baltimore, one of my research focuses is optimization of supplies and networks to enhance resilience during disruptions. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested supply chain networks and made them more resilient when faced with disruption. The logistics industry saw shortages of supplies, congestion, and delays of ships and containers in U.S. ports, with over 100 ships waiting off the coast to unload at ports during the peak of the pandemic. This collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge serves as another reminder of the vulnerability of the U.S. supply chain to shocks.


  • Cargo ship crash
  • Baltimore
  • Supply chain resilience
  • U.S. ports
  • Logistics shortage
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Supply chain shocks


  • How has the cargo ship crash affected the supply chain in Baltimore?
  • What measures are being taken to redirect ship traffic after the bridge collapse?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted supply chain resilience?
  • What are the key challenges faced by U.S. ports during disruptions in the supply chain?