Early Tuesday morning saw a devastating incident unfold as the ship named the Dali collided with a support column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, leading to its collapse. The bridge served as a crucial gateway to the Port of Baltimore, known as the busiest port in the US for car exports and ranking ninth in overall traffic.

The aftermath of the collision has left six individuals missing and presumed dead. The US Coast Guard initially launched a search and rescue operation but has now shifted its focus to a recovery mission. The investigation into the cause of the accident is underway, with transportation safety experts eager to retrieve data from the ship's recorder.

In response to the incident, maritime traffic through the port has been suspended indefinitely. This suspension is expected to have significant repercussions on global supply chains, affecting the movement of over 750,000 cars and various other goods.

The Port of Baltimore plays a crucial role in employment, directly supporting 15,000 jobs and indirectly impacting around 140,000 more. The disruption caused by the accident has prompted companies like Maersk to omit Baltimore from their service routes for the foreseeable future, exacerbating the impact on trade.

While efforts are underway to reopen the port and rebuild the bridge, the process is expected to be lengthy. President Biden has pledged government support in restoring operations but acknowledges the time it will take to overcome the challenges posed by the incident.

Although the exact cause of the collision is still under investigation, initial reports suggest a power issue aboard the ship. Despite authorities' efforts to close the bridge upon receiving a distress call, several vehicles already on the bridge fell into the water when it collapsed.

The ship involved, the Dali, had valid certificates attesting to its structural integrity and equipment functionality at the time of the incident. Previous inspections in June and September 2023 had also deemed the vessel seaworthy.

With 22 crew members on board, including two US harbor pilots and an all-Indian crew, there have been no reports of injuries. The managing company, Synergy Marine Group, has assured full cooperation with federal agencies in the ongoing investigation.