OP-ED: The Baltimore Bridge Catastrophe By Provide Chain Professional and Navy Veteran Jim Nelles | The Gateway Pundit

Francis Scott Key Bridge following collapse

Visitor editorial by Jim Nelles:

The video footage of the Singaporean-flagged cargo vessel, the Dali, crashing into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is actually horrifying.

Video footage reveals the ship’s lights flickering on and off, indicating it misplaced energy shortly earlier than crashing into the bridge’s stanchion. The video additionally reveals black smoke coming from the ship’s exhaust vents, indicating that the crew was attempting to restart diesel engines.

Sadly, eight staff have been performing development on the bridge on the time of collapse, solely two of whom have been rescued. Given the temperatures of the Patapsco River, they should be presumed deceased.  As well as, quite a few vehicles have been on the bridge when it collapsed.

The ship issued a mayday previous to hitting the bridge, which allowed Maryland Transportation authorities to cease site visitors on the bridge, saving numerous lives.

Nonetheless, this begs the query, why did the ship not drop anchor upon dropping energy, as is customary protocol when a ship is in what is named restricted maneuvering situations. Upon dropping energy, the ship’s personnel ought to have dropped anchor.

Whatever the ship failing to comply with protocol, the catastrophe ought to function a warning in regards to the safety of our ports.

The port of Baltimore is now closed. The port dealt with 52.3 million tons of worldwide cargo, value roughly $80.8 billion in 2023.  The port helps greater than “15,000 direct jobs and more than 139,000 indirect jobs, generating more than $3 billion in total personal income.”

The port dealt with a document quantity of international cargo final yr, and it was the seventeenth greatest port within the nation total in 2021, ranked by whole tons, in line with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The port was the biggest importer of vehicles and light-weight autos in 2023, with roughly 750,000 vehicles and light-weight vehicles coming into the port in 2023.

Past that, an estimated 12.4 million autos cross the Francis Scott Key Bridge yearly, practically 34,000 per day.

The financial impression of this bridge collapse is past measure.

As of Tuesday morning, greater than 40 ships are caught inside the harbor.

Think about an identical accident in New York, collapsing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, blocking the doorway to the ports of New York and New Jersey, which moved practically 9.5 million containers in 2022.

As well as, Synergy Marine Group, the corporate that operates the vessel, is a large fan of DEI, claiming that they “understand that the advantages of range are finest achieved by fostering better inclusion and belonging.

Maybe they need to be specializing in navigation, and never Range. To paraphrase Elon Musk’s interview with Don Lemon, DEI can result in DIE.

So what’s to be completed?

First, the nation’s Secretary of Transportation, who has been lacking in motion, wants to make sure that all ships coming into American ports are correctly manned and that they comply with customary protocols when coming into our waters.

Second, protocols must be formalized into legislation, not simply customary follow.

Final, the U.S. Coast Guard should guarantee the protection of our ports, even on the threat of impacting commerce. This catastrophe has grow to be a blueprint for terrorists seeking to destroy our nation’s economic system.

Jim Nelles is a provide chain guide based mostly and political analyst in Chicago, IL. He has served as a Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Provide Chain Officer, and a Chief Operations Officer for a number of corporations. He has a BA from Northwestern College in Economics and French in addition to a Masters in Administration from the JL Kellogg Graduate Faculty of Enterprise.