Over 300 containers removed from Ever Forward, officials hope to be ready by Monday – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Crews have been working since Saturday to lighten Ever Forward’s load in a bid to refloat the massive container ship stuck in the Chesapeake Bay. It’s been there for over a month.

The US Coast Guard and coordinating agencies began an operation Saturday to remove exactly 500 containers of its nearly 5,000-container load.

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Officials told WJZ on Friday that 320 containers had been removed from the ship and they hope to get rid of the rest by next week.

“We’re about 65 percent complete with the outsourcing process,” said Jeoffrey Donahue, director of emergency preparedness and planning at the Maryland Department of the Environment. “The hopes we’re looking at are probably Sunday, Monday if all goes well.”

When the unloading is complete, the crews try again to pull the ship out and refloat.

For safety reasons, unloading only takes place during the day. Once the containers are removed, tugs and barges try again to get afloat.

Cranes lift containers from the container ship Ever Forward while the cargo ship is docked in the Chesapeake Bay after running aground near Baltimore April 13, 2022 in Pasadena, Maryland. – Container removal began on April 9, 2022 as part of the refloat of the boxship Ever Forward in the Chesapeake Bay. The process will continue using barges throughout the week in daylight, unloading four to five containers per hour in the complex operation. (Photo by Jim WATSON/AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

The Ever Forward ran aground 24 feet deep in mud on March 13.

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Crews have already had to excavate at least 84,000 cubic yards of mud around the ship. The environment ministry said that was about 27 punts full of mud.

Two weeks ago, crews made their first rescue attempt after a week of dredging. Five tugs couldn’t move the ship forward, so they tried seven tugs the next day. No dice.

The Evergreen Line determined that its shareholders would proportionately share losses related to the Chesapeake Bay debacle under a maritime law known as the “general average.”

So far the ship has remained stable and showed no signs of pollution, but the Coast Guard and emergency services continue to monitor the ship.

The last time something like this happened was last year when a ship from the same company, the Ever Given, got stuck blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt, disrupting world trade billions of dollars a day.

During the Suez fiasco last year istheshipstillstuck.comIt went viral, along with hundreds of Ever Given memes. This website has now been repurposed for Ever Forward.

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Jake Nichol

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