Rescue planned for Ever Forward ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay – NBC4 Washington
There is now a plan to refloat a freighter that has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay for days, the ship’s operator said Friday.
Salvor Donjon Smit has carried out underwater inspections of the 1,095-foot (334-meter) Ever Forward and a rescue team can put the bailout plan into motion, but first authorities must approve it, Evergreen said in a press release on Friday.
The plan is to release ballast to lighten the load, dredge the muddy bay floor around the ship and clear space between the propeller, rudder and seabed, Evergreen said.
The salvage team is mobilizing all available local tugs to join in the operation. Once enough mud has been removed and the vessel is lighter, the team will work to refloat the vessel at high tide using the power of the vessel’s tugs and main engine, Evergreen said.
The U.S. Coast Guard is partnering with at least four other government agencies “to ensure that the Ever Forward salvage plan maintains the safety of those on board and around the vessel as well as the safety of the marine environment” , said Breanna Centeno. in an email.
The Ever Forward was heading from Baltimore Harbor toward Norfolk, Va., when it ran aground Sunday night north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The vessel operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp. ran aground outside the main shipping lane, the Craighill Channel, and officials said there were no reports of injuries, damage or pollution.
The Coast Guard said officials have yet to determine what caused the Ever Forward to run aground. It does not block any shipping, unlike its sister ship, the Ever Given, which caused global supply chain problems when it blocked traffic for days in the Suez Canal nearly a year ago. year.