After more than 24 hours of searching, yesterday evening the rescue teams the 6 workers were presumed dead missing in Baltimore bridge collapse. Last night, two of the bodies were found inside a vehicle that had fallen into the water. At 6 a.m. local time, efforts to recover their bodies resumed. “We want them to be found so we can repatriate my brother’s body to Honduras,” said the relative of one of them. What was recovered from the river bottom was the cargo ship Dali’s black box, a key device in understanding why the enormous ship ended up colliding with the bridge pier. Francis Scott Key. A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) boarded the freighter yesterday to speak with the crew and try to understand what happened in the 12 hours before the accident.

The newspaper “The Wall Street” assures that among the central points of the investigation would be the quality of the ship’s fuel, as well as the protective measures available to the bridge. We have to see if they were really the good ones. NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said in an interview with NBC News that they would “study what kind of infrastructure would be needed to prevent this type of collapse from happening.” Homendy assured that they will also study how it is possible that the entire structure of the bridge collapsed due to the fall of a single pillar.

The other big problem they face after the tragedy is the financial impact that this disaster will have on American trade and especially on the economy of Baltimore which lives mainly from maritime transport. Its port is a vital route for the country’s Midwest. There is a relatively narrow channel in the Patapsco River that is deep enough to allow large vessels to pass through, but it is important to clear this path of debris, not an easy task given the low temperatures, strong water currents and dangerous working conditions. for equipment as objects are still hanging from the bridge structure. Rebuilding can take years, and as Maryland Governor Wes Moore said, it is “long-term construction.” For now, the ports of New York (the second largest in the country, after Los Angeles) and New Jersey indicated on Tuesday that they are working with carriers because they are likely to handle part of the freight.

The Port of Baltimore, the sixteenth busiest in the country and one of the largest on the Atlantic coast, has been closed until further notice and ships are being diverted to other parts of the country or forced to anchor in the Chesapeake Bay, which caused traffic jams at nearby shipyards like Annapolis. Last year, Baltimore handled an estimated $80 billion in cargo traffic from overseas (companies such as Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan use this port to import and export their vehicles). This is an “extremely difficult situation,” the company Tradepoint Atlantic, which works with major brands like Amazon, Home Depot and BMW, said in a statement. Another key manufacturer located in Baltimore Harbor is the 115-year-old Domino Sugar Refinery. It receives pure sugar imported by ship, refines it and sells it. It’s unclear whether the company has enough product to continue operating while the tragedy is resolved.

As if that wasn’t enough, the collapsed bridge was part of a key freight and passenger highway. The American Trucking Association estimated in a statement that approximately 4,900 trucks per day, transporting an average of $28 billion in goods, they will have to deviate from their route, an expense that will ultimately impact consumers’ pockets. Hardest hit will likely be shipments of more dangerous materials, such as diesel, which are not allowed through the tunnels for safety reasons.

The incident also affects cruise lines that are looking for alternatives for their itineraries, such as Norwegian Cruise Line or Carnival Cruise Line. They left from this port last year more than 444,000 passengers on board cruise ships. The more than 15,300 port workers and the nearly 140,000 people whose employment depends on their activity will also be affected.

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