On March 26, 2024, the Singapore-registered container ship m.v. DALI collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Harbor after losing propulsion. The ship, traveling at 8 knots, drifted uncontrollably and struck the bridge, causing its collapse and resulting in six fatalities. The crew swiftly executed risk management principles, including planning, detecting risks, and collaborating to slow the ship. Despite their efforts, the collision occurred, necessitating immediate and long-term evaluations.

From a project management perspective, this incident has triggered numerous supply chain projects. With the closure of the Port of Baltimore, ships are being redirected to other eastern seaboard ports such as New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Norfolk. Key projects include remodeling transport networks to connect to alternative ports and forming task forces to manage cargo influx at these locations. Project teams of manufacturers and retailers are also implementing risk management strategies to handle contingencies.

Short-term risk mitigations proposed include equipping bridges with emergency alert lights and loudspeakers, enabling pilots to activate alarms via VHF channels, and employing tug escorts for large ships. Revising navigation practices in ports with bridges is anticipated to prevent future collisions. This incident underscores the importance of agility, coordination, and a strong risk culture among stakeholders to ensure swift and effective responses to such emergencies.

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Dr. Te Wu

Dr. Te Wu


Prof. Dr. Te Wu is the CEO of PMO Advisory and an Associate Professor at Montclair State University. Te is certified in Portfolio, Program, Project, and Risk Management. He is an active volunteer including serving as the chair of PMI’s Portfolio Management Standard Committee. He previously worked on various standards including portfolio management, risk management and program management for PMI and ISO. As a practitioner, executive, teacher, writer, and speaker, Dr. Wu enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences and networking with other professionals.