Stuck Cargo Ship Always Moving Forward Can’t Move Forward – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Spectators were outside at Downs Park in Anne Arundel County waiting for the Ever Forward to finally move forward.

The 1,100-foot cargo ship ran around the Chesapeake Bay around March 13, 2022 after picking up cargo from the Port of Baltimore. It was en route to Norfolk, Virginia.

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“It’s kinda cool to watch, you know, stuck and going nowhere,” said a viewer named Janice.

On Wednesday night, the Coast Guard tried to move the ship for the second time in two days, using seven tugs to push and pull the ship off the bottom.

“It’s almost buried in the bank, so it’s not an easy operation,” said Cpt. David O’Connell of the Maryland-National Capital Region Coast Guard.

“Trying to move something that big is obviously a daunting task,” added Geoffrey Donahue of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Donahue was optimistic about Wednesday’s conditions as the southerly wind blows more water into the bay.

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But just after 7 p.m. officials said the attempt had failed.

“It’s entertainment,” said Bob Peacock of Annapolis. “It’s really worth seeing.”

After attempts to move the cargo ship failed on Tuesday and Wednesday, the discussion has shifted to the possibility of removing part of the ship’s cargo and the hazards involved.

“That’s going to be a monumental task in and of itself,” Donahue said, “to bring in some big cranes that can reach the height and beam of the ship.”

Janice said she wasn’t surprised the ship didn’t move.

“I mean, how long did it take to get the same company’s boat out of the Suez Canal?” she asked.

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Officials will try to move the ship again next week and if that doesn’t work they will take some of the cargo off the ship.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/30/stuck-cargo-ship-ever-forward-fails-to-move-forward/ Stuck Cargo Ship Always Moving Forward Can’t Move Forward – CBS Baltimore

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