Port of Baltimore shipping channels reopen

Shipping channels have fully reopened at the Port of Baltimore following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in March.

Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, says while the port is not significant for the movement of soybeans and grain, it’s an important resource for the broader economy. “It did have an impact on farm machinery and other automotive imports and exports. It’s something that had an impact on the soybean industry, but not as much as some of these other export regions.”

The bridge collapsed after it was struck by a cargo ship on March 26th.

Steenhoek tells Brownfield the issue has helped highlight the need for adequate port resiliency. “One of the things that it involves is bridge redundancy and resiliency and making sure that if there were some kind of accident with our bridges that they’re able to at least absorb it or you’re minimizing the damage.”

He says it could take years to replace the bridge.

AUDIO: Mike Steenhoek with Soy Transportation Coalition 6-17-2024

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