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Sister ship to vessel that blocked Suez Canal runs aground

Wednesday, March 16th 2022, 3:15 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 Sunday as it sailed between the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia. according to a Coast Guard report.

While it's unlikely many have heard of the Ever Forward its sister ship, the Ever Given, 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.

There do not appear to be any injuries or environmental risks associated with the Ever Forward stranding and the vessel is not obstructing other marine traffic, AP says.

It's not clear what caused the ship to run aground.

Experts have been deployed to the scene to survey the ship and determine the next course of action.

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

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