Like me, you are likely wondering how could that disaster occur which saw a huge container ship ram into and destroy the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore? Obviously, large shipping vessels and container ships have been safely going under that bridge with no problems for many, many years. What specifically was different about this merchant ship’s attempt to leave Baltimore’s port facility and enter the Atlantic Ocean? What could cause such a colossal failure? This post will list some of the unanswered questions concerning this tragic and very costly incident and offer some thoughts on who may gain from this disaster.

First let’s state the facts as we now know them. The cargo ship, Dali, was leaving the Baltimore harbor at a “very, very rapid speed” according to media reports (first link). Its speed was reported to be about 9 mph as it headed toward the very narrow safe exit corridor under the bridge. That may not seem a high speed to us land-lubbers who see that speed as very slow for a car or truck. But for a huge ship displacing 100,000 tons, that is a very massive amount of momentum heading toward the bridge at 9 mph! What no one has yet stated is what is the usual, recommended speed for such a huge ship heading toward that bridge? The slower the speed, the easier it will be to control such a ship in an effort to keep it from hitting a very valuable bridge. Obviously, such a heavy ship should not be heading toward a vulnerable bridge at a “very, very rapid speed.” Thankfully, loss of life was minimized because someone had the alertness to post guards at each end of the bridge to stop any additional vehicles from trying to cross it when it became evident the ship would collapse the bridge. I’m sure you’ve all seen the film clips of the ship losing its power and lights just before hitting the bridge and releasing a large puff of black smoke as well.

The second link asks the question of whether the crash could have been prevented if the ship had been attended by tugboats to keep it aimed safely through the exit channel from the port. It notes that the presence of tugboats to help guide a large ship’s movements in and out of a seaport is “standard practice in ports worldwide.” Why was it not “standard practice” in Baltimore’s harbor? If the harbor’s safety rules do call for tugboats to escort and help direct huge merchant ships, why was the Dali allowed to approach the vulnerable bridge without any escorting tugboats? Huge ships entering and leaving seaports usually have a local harbor pilot on such ships to ensure that no ship has a collision with other ships, dock facilities, bridges, etc. The harbor pilot is responsible for ensuring such ships travel at a slow, safe speed for the circumstances (depth of the channel, tidal forces, the weather, etc.). Did the Dali have a harbor pilot aboard? Some media reports say a harbor pilot was aboard. If so, why didn’t he/she take necessary safety measures to ensure the ship exited the port safely? Was it a veteran pilot or a trainee that was at the helm of the ship as it approached the bridge?

Some media reports reported that while Baltimore is perhaps the Number 8 or 9 American seaport in terms of tonnage handled, it is first in the nation in handling exported and imported cars, farm equipment and any kind of vehicle that can be moved via wheels. Baltimore is specially equipped to handle “RO-RO” (rapid on, rapid off) ships where drivers can place all the on-loading vehicles in proper locations so the weight is equally distributed throughout the ship for safety’s sake. Indeed, Baltimore is the number one American seaport for such cargoes. The Baltimore port is, according to current media estimates, going to be closed for months before enough debris is removed from the harbor to allow any major cargo ship to enter or exit the port (it is estimated it will take years to rebuild the bridge). I saw a cable TV report on the bridge collapse that reported it will cause major supply-chain problems and an increase in the rate of inflation in the American economy. Many cargo ships bound for Baltimore are now waiting outside the harbor waiting to hear from their owners where they can divert to to unload their cargo. Such reports point out it will not be easy finding backup port facilities as some ports are already booked with sea-traffic and not all ports can handle all types of cargoes. This means that all the cargoes that are backing up outside the Baltimore seaport will take weeks or months to be unloaded. Some ships may have to traverse the Panama Canal and head for West Coast ports to find a place where they can be unloaded. Since some goods will be onboard cargo ships for months while demand is not lessened in the US economy, prices will inevitably go up for those cargoes that can’t get moved off of their ships.

In a disaster of this scale, the first question on many minds is: Was it terrorism or sabotage? The fourth link reported that the FBI right away found that “there was no reasonable evidence of terrorism.” Hmm. the fourth link asks why and how did the FBI come to such a conclusion even before it began its investigation? Obviously, someone is trying to guide public opinion to conclude that it was only an accident. We can’t know the causation until a thorough investigation is conducted. That link also reports the ship operates out of Singapore. Singapore is dominated by people of Chinese ethnicity. How hard would it be for the Communist Party of China (CCP) to infiltrate its agents aboard any number of ocean-going merchant ships to act against China’s rivals whenever ordered to do so. Each member of the crew (and those who worked on the ship dock-side) need to be extensively investigated and questioned to determine if a saboteur is among them. The fifth link cites several sources (including investigative journalist, Lara Logan) which are not convinced that the collision of the Dali with the Francis Scott Key bridge was an accident. Some think the evidence supports a conclusion it was terrorism or sabotage. One also wonders: Why did the ship lose power at exactly its most vulnerable moment, not somewhere over the high seas?, and If 9 mph really is a “very, very rapid speed” for such a huge cargo ship trying to exit that port, why was it going the equivalent of maritime “ramming speed’ as it approached the bridge support?

The NTSB, the FBI and other agencies will surely do extensive investigations of this tragedy. Perhaps the government of Singapore will do so as well. There are some other factors which should also be considered. The USA ships many billions of dollars worth of military equipment overseas whenever new American armored or infantry units deploy to NATO nations or when US military supplies are shipped to Ukraine, Israel and other nations. Given that most American army vehicles are wheeled vehicles (tanks, APCs, self-propelled artillery and missile launchers, trucks, Infantry Fighting Vehicles, etc.), shall we assume that such military equipment would also be routinely shipped out of Baltimore harbor via Ro-Ro ships? It may now be months before any such equipment can be shipped to US allies in Europe, the Mideast, etc. This benefits Russia, Iran and Iran’s proxies (Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, the Houthis in Yemen, etc.). All these hostile nations and groups need to be investigated to see if they had any agents sailing on or working on the Dali. If this tragedy proves to be an attack, it shows how profoundly vulnerable the USA is to attacks on its civilian infrastructures, military shipping nodes, etc. If a Pearl-Harbor type attack was launched vs. the USA, by Russia, China, Iran and their allies, they could shut down the US economy and ability to wage war simply by destroying key bridges, pipelines, power stations, etc. all across the USA at the moment the war starts. 

The sleeping leaders in the White House and Congress need to wake up and realize the real extent of the dangers faced by modern America. Many are lulled into thinking “Nothing bad can happen here, no attack can happen on our soil, etc.” These are delusions. The entire Israeli population had those kinds of thoughts on October 6, 2023. On October 7, 2023, those delusions were shattered. America faces the same kind of complacency and vulnerability as Israel faced on October 6, 2023.

Americans also overwhelmingly do not realize that they are a “covenant” nation which owes its prosperity and power to the Creator God. Readers of my books realize why this is the case. The USA is identified in the Bible as the exceptionally-blessed nation most descended from the Israelite tribe of Manasseh (see article, The United States of America in Biblical Prophecy). Many people are seeing the growing dangers of a future World War III as wars become more widespread around the world and dangers of major regional wars increase. I wish I could say otherwise, but the Bible’s prophecies unmistakably foretell that a global World War III will occur at the very end of this human age in which we now live. If you wish to see the evidence that this is so, and how credible these prophecies are, please read my research report entitled, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveal about a Future World War III. If the collapse of the strategic Baltimore bridge proves to not be an accident, World War III may be closer than we wish to believe.

 

  1. https://apnews.com/article/baltimore-bridge-collapse-53169b379820032f832de4016c655d1b
  2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2024/03/27/tugboats-baltimore-key-bridge-disaster/73123627007/
  3. https://apnews.com/article/baltimore-key-bridge-collapse-what-to-know-127d6ae38d63561ca4c1f18b3d508ba6
  4. https://www.worldtribune.com/the-destruction-of-the-francis-scott-key-bridge-symbolism-heroism-and-unanswered-questions/
  5. https://www.worldtribune.com/was-loss-of-francis-scott-key-bridge-an-attack-closings-of-port-i-695-have-consequences/#google_vignette