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Sister ship to vessel that blocked Suez Canal remains stuck in Chesapeake Bay

Monday, April 11th 2022, 2:33 pm - The ship ran aground a year after its sister ship famously blocked the Suez Canal.

The Ever Forward, a 333-metre long motor vessel, ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay on March 13, 2022 as it sailed between the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia. Nearly a month later, the ship remains firmly in place, attracting large crowds and spawning a website people can frequent to find out if the ship is, in fact, still stuck (spoiler: as of press time, it is.)

The Ever Forward, now a celebrity in its own right, appears to be following in the footsteps (waves?) of its famous relative: its sister ship the Ever Given, which made headlines last year when it blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week last March, crashing into a bank during a sandstorm.

The Ever Given stranding led to a back-log of traffic surrounding the canal, tying up USD 9 billion in global trade a day, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

Both ships are owned by the Taiwan-based company Evergreen Marine Corp.

Experts have been hovering around the Ever Forward for weeks. So far, two refloating attempts have failed, due to the ship burrowing deep into the floor of the bay. Thankfully, the Forward isn't impeding other traffic or causing significant shipping backlogs.

Another plus: There were no injuries associated with the ship's grounding, nor does there appear to be any environmental concerns, although the incident is currently under investigation.

According to the Wall Street Journal, engineers have dredged a slit under the ship and are trying to remove about 500 containers without throwing off the ship's balance. The operation could be sucessful, if the tide and the weather cooperate.

If all things go as planned, a pair of barges with winch system will be used to tug the boat forward, but the process could take another week, at minimum.

For the latest updates, might we refer you to istheshipstillstuck.com.

Thumbnail: photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kimberly Reaves U.S. Coast Guard District 5, Public domain

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