A container ship named Ever Forward has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay for 18 days | WUWM 89.7FM


There’s something joyful about a big ship getting stuck. Perhaps it’s their enormous size and often fruitless need to get them moving.

Ever Forward had just loaded cargo in Baltimore and was en route south to Norfolk, Virginia when she ran aground on March 13. The container ship apparently missed a turn exiting Baltimore, causing it to land in the shallows off Pasadena. Md. where it stays.

That’s right: A 1,095-foot ship called Ever Forward has been docked there for nearly three weeks.

Efforts to free the ship have so far been unsuccessful. An attempt on Tuesday five tugs involved: two pushing on the starboard side, two pulling on the port side and one pulling on the stern. You can watch a long, insignificant video of that effort below.

Port of Baltimore executive director William Doyle says a second attempt is made in the coming days “with two anchored barges from the stern and five tugs”.

Work is also underway to dredge to a depth of 43 feet. according to the Coast Guard – essentially digging around the boat to allow it to float.

As mentioned, the ship is loaded with cargo – and weighs around 130,000 tons.

Coast Guard Captain Dave O’Connell told NPR this week that the ship needs a water depth of 42 feet to operate. “And where it’s stuck is 24 feet of water,” he said. “It’s buried in the mud about 15 feet or so. So that’s a lot.”

For relief, fuel is sucked off and part of the water carried along as ballast is discharged. But it’s crucial that the ship stays balanced.

“Containers are stacked five or six stories high. You know, you’re pushing containers away – that would be a bad situation,” O’Connell said.

The stuck ship is reminiscent of the Ever Given saga, which, like Ever Forward, was owned by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp. belongs. You may remember how the Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal for six days last March, causing major disruption to shipping and a nice distraction from the pandemic.

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People came to see the Ever Forward in the Chesapeake Bay – still stuck after 18 days.

That situation isn’t so bad in this case: the Ever Forward doesn’t block the channel, allowing other ships to bypass it – although there is a 500-yard “safe zone” surrounding the ship. people have started with pilgrimages to see the stuck boat offshore.

Among those containers on board: all the belongings of Bloomberg News reporter Tracy Alloway, who was transporting everything she and her husband owned to complete their move from Hong Kong to New York City.

“We are at the mercy of the tide and the Ever Forward’s salvage crew,” Alloway told NBC’s Washington affiliate. “Everything except the three or four bags my husband took on the plane. The entire contents of our apartment, all our furniture, lots of books, things of sentimental value, all in a container stuck in the Chesapeake Bay.”

Who will bear the additional costs caused by Ever Forward running? It likely won’t all fall on the ship’s owner, due to a maritime principle known as “general average,” which Evergreen Marine explained on Thursday — it stipulates that cargo owners share liability, too.

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