CSX Reopens Curtis Bay Coal Piers After Tragic Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

CSX is ramping up loading operations at its Curtis Bay coal piers just two months after the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge. The fall of the bridge, claimed the lives of six individuals and left the community and the world in shock. It not only impacted the families of the victims but also had far-reaching consequences for the Baltimore Harbor, a critical hub for global trade and local livelihoods.

This swift recovery of operations is a testament to the resilience and dedication of the CSX team, who worked tirelessly to ensure service continuity for their export coal customers despite the challenging circumstances.

The Curtis Bay coal pier in Baltimore Harbor is one of CSX’s largest export coal facilities. “It’s important for both the global economy by ensuring coal reaches the market, and for our customers and the health of their business,” said John Healy, CSX director of sales for Export Coal.

The bridge collapse halted all shipments out of the port, including coal, due to the inability of ships to access the channel. This interruption posed a significant challenge for CSX and its customers.

CSX’s operations team quickly mobilized to find alternative solutions. “We had to assess what we could do to support our customers,” explained Aleek Young, CSX general manager for Coal and Ore Piers.

In response, the team facilitated partnerships with a third-party barge company to mid-stream coal from Curtis Bay, transloading it to large vessels in Annapolis. They also collaborated with steamship lines to create a custom shipping solution between Baltimore and New York.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: May 23, 2024