Ever Forward container ship runs aground near Baltimore
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Last year, container shipping company Evergreen hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when an accident involving its Ever Given vessel blocked the Suez Canal. Roughly a year on, another one of its ships has run aground on the US east coast.
This time the ship encountering trouble is the Hong-Kong flagged Ever Forward.
It reportedly ran aground at Chesapeake Bay following its departure from the Port of Baltimore Seagirt Terminal on Sunday night. The 334-meter (1,096-foot) vessel was en route to Norfolk, Virginia, when it got stuck in the Chesapeake Bay.
In a statement, William P. Doyle, Executive Director of Maryland Port Administration, said:
“The ship’s grounding is not preventing other ships from transiting to the Port of Baltimore. Efforts have been underway since last night to try and free the ship and will continue today. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation.”
According to the nautical charts seen by the Baltimore Sun, the Ever Forward needs about 43 feet of water to sail. However, the water depths were the ship ran aground can be anything from 25 feet to shoals of 17 feet.
At the time of writing, the vessel is still aground according to marinetraffic.com.