Ever Forward remains stuck in the Chesapeake Bay despite yesterday’s efforts. Another refloat attempt will take place today.
Five tugboats worked for approximately six hours to free the Evergreen 334-metre container ship, yet the vessel did not move. The ship has been stuck near Baltimore since 14 March.
Weather and tidal conditions were reportedly working against the efforts prompting the US Coast Guard to reschedule the refloat.
The original plan, if the first attempt didn’t work, was to increase dredging around the ship and try again to move it on 3 or 4 April. However, as conditions should improve, new dredging efforts are scheduled for today at the high tide.
There have been no reports of any loss or damage to cargo, however, concerns over its impact on the environment are growing as a potential oil spill is feared.
The incident came a year after the 20,388 TEU Ever Given ran aground on the Suez Canal, blocking traffic on one of the world’s most important waterways for several days.