The Ever Forward is finally released from the Chesapeake Bay — a month later: NPR


Tugboats, bottom, line up a barge near the Ever Forward container ship, top, which ran aground last month, as workers remove containers from it in a bid to lighten the load and refloat the ship April 13.

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The Ever Forward is finally released from the Chesapeake Bay — a month later: NPR

Tugboats, bottom, line up a barge near the Ever Forward container ship, top, which ran aground last month, as workers remove containers from it in a bid to lighten the load and refloat the ship April 13.

Julio Cortez/AP

After a month of harboring in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, the cargo ship Ever Forward is finally free.

With the help of a high tide, several tugs and barges – and perhaps a small Easter Sunday miracle – crews ripped the 1,095ft vessel from the shallows off Pasadena, Maryland , Sunday.

William P. Doyle, executive director of the Maryland Port Authority, announced the update on social media.

“A terrific team effort with a little help from the rising tide of Easter Sunday in the Chesapeake Bay. The Evergreen, Ever Forward was [refloated]”, he said.

The push to free the massive ship was a team effort that included help from Donjon-Smit, LLC, the salvage manager, and the U.S. Coast Guard, he said.

The Ever Forward had just loaded cargo in Baltimore and was heading south to Norfolk, Va., when it ran aground on March 13. The container ship reportedly missed a turn as it left Baltimore, causing it to end up in shallow waters off Pasadena. .

Crews worked for weeks to free the ship. They used “every facet of the industry, including dredging, marine construction, tugboats, barges (bridge barges, crane barges and draft barges),” Doyle said.

The Ever Forward saga was reminiscent of the Ever Given, which is also owned by the Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine Corp. The Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal for six days last March, causing major shipping disruptions.


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