The Ever Forward is finally clear of the Chesapeake Bay, one month later: NPR

Tugboats, below, line up a barge near the container ship Ever Forward, above, which ran aground last month, as workers remove the containers in an effort to lighten the load and refloat the ship on April 13.

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Tugboats, below, line up a barge near the container ship Ever Forward, above, which ran aground last month, as workers remove the containers in an effort to lighten the load and refloat the ship on April 13.

Julio Cortez/AP

After a month of being housed in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, the cargo ship Ever Forward is finally free.

Thanks to the help of a rising tide, several tugboats and barges, and perhaps a minor Easter Sunday miracle, crews rescued the 1,095-foot vessel from the shallows off Pasadena, Maryland on Sunday.

William P. Doyle, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, announced the update on social media.

“A tremendous team effort with a little help from the rising tide of Easter Sunday in the Chesapeake Bay. The Evergreen, Ever Forward has been [refloated]”, he said.

The push to free the massive ship was a team effort that included help from Donjon-Smit, LLC, the salvage manager and the US Coast Guard, he said.

The Ever Forward had just loaded up with cargo in Baltimore and was heading south to Norfolk, Virginia, when it ran aground on March 13. The container ship reportedly missed a turn leaving Baltimore, causing her to end up in the shallows off Pasadena. .

The crews worked for weeks to free the ship. They used “every facet of the industry, including dredging, marine construction, tugboats, barges (deck barges, crane barges and pull barges),” Doyle said.

The Ever Forward saga was reminiscent of the Ever Given, which is also owned by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp. The Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal for six days last March, causing major disruptions to shipping.

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