Remembering the Port of Baltimore with Kris Lance

By Kelly Barner | April 24, 2024

At 1:30 am on March 26th, the container ship Dali struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge and sent it falling into the Patapsco River. Six members of a construction crew lost their lives and the port of Baltimore has been partially closed since.

Dueling investigations are underway, with the FBI working to determine whether any federal laws were broken and the NTSB looking to reconstruct the accident and learn from it. The ship is still in place, with the bridge on its bow and the crew onboard, and The Army Corps of Engineers hopes to have the port of Baltimore fully open by late May.

How is this tragic situation affecting each of us – all of us?

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes back Kris Lance, Senior Director at Una, for a recurring monthly conversation about current news stories. Kris has experience in multiple industries and has his finger on the pulse of the trends and topics that procurement, sourcing, and supply chain professionals need to be aware of.


In this month’s discussion, Kris and Kelly talk about the varied responses to the bridge collapse and what we can take away from the situation as a whole:

  • Whether the legal steps taken by the ship’s owner and management company are examples of the actions that give big business a bad name
  • How humans tend to respond to the fast dissemination of news and the updates that follow
  • Why some people may have lost their way based on their focus in the aftermath of the collapse


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