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UNSW experts available to comment on Baltimore Bridge collapse

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  • Professor Wei Gao, from UNSW Engineering and Associate Editor of international top journal Engineering Structures, is an expert in structural reliability and optimal design and can comment on safety of structures and infrastructures under dynamic impacts. He can be contacted at:



Michael says, “The Baltimore Bridge Collapse highlights the critical nature of bridges, especially those in busy ports, and the vulnerability of economic activity concentration and supply chains. This is a warning signal of what may occur elsewhere due to incidents and climate change. The obvious issue is that loss of power on the ship is rare but potentially catastrophic in confined spaces like Baltimore's harbour. One solution would be an escorting tug. This would cost money but has to be measured against the human suffering and vast and long-term economic costs of a bridge collapse like this."


  • Professor Natalie Klein from UNSW Law & Justice is an expert in international law, with a focus on the law of the sea and international dispute settlement. She is available to comment on the ship and who is responsible for its actions. She can be contacted at

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