Initial refresh attempt for grounded transitions set for Tuesday – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – After more than a week of dredging, authorities are ready to make their first attempt at building the Ever Forward, a massive container ship that has been stranded in the Chesapeake Bay for more than two weeks.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Maryland Department of the Environment and other coordinating agencies will attempt to tow the 1,100-foot vessel into deeper water by noon Tuesday.

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The Coast Guard is temporarily extending the safe zone from 500 feet to 1,000 feet for this operation, closing the navigable channel to commercial traffic from Tuesday noon to midnight.

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The agency had originally planned to free the ship by the end of last week, but the forecast for rain prevented the operation from continuing.

Ever Forward ran aground in the mud 24 feet deep on March 13. The last time something like this happened was last year when a ship owned by the same company became stranded and blocked the Suez Canal. in Egypt, and that costs billions of dollars every day in global trade.

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If required, additional dredging operations will begin and a second attempt to rebuild the Ever Forward after that is expected around Sunday, the Coast Guard said. Initial refresh attempt for grounded transitions set for Tuesday – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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