When Forward? Cargo ships stay solid in first upgrade attempt – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – After more than a week of dredging, sailors made their first attempt Tuesday to build 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 Environment and other coordinating agencies would work to pull the ship out of position Tuesday following a dredging operation to remove mud beneath it.

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

The crew had to dig 84,000 cubic meters of mud from around the ship. The Environment Department said it was about 27 barges worth the mud.

And the wind created a bit of a challenge, pushing water away from the area and creating lower tides. The higher the tide, the easier the ship is to float.

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Five tugs the size of a fraction of a giant ship were supposed to tow that boat, but under adverse conditions, it didn’t budge.

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.

The last time something like that happened was last year, a ship owned by the same company got stuck and blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt, and that disrupted billions of dollars every day. in global trade.

If required, additional dredging operations will begin and a second attempt to rebuild the Ever Forward is expected early next week, the Coast Guard said. And if that doesn’t work, they turn to Plan C, which is to carefully unload some of the containers onto the ship to lighten the ship.

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Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that. When Forward? Cargo ships stay solid in first upgrade attempt – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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