Ever Forward container ship is finally set to be refloated by Coast Guard a month after it got stuck

Ever Forward container ship is finally set to be refloated by Coast Guard a month after it got stuck

The 1,096-foot boat had been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay, off the coast of Gibson Island, since March 13. Its sister vessel the Ever Given infamously blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt for six days during March 2021.

Although the ship, which traveled to the States from Hong Kong, was stuck for more than a month, officials told Bloomberg it has not disrupted trade.

It was on a brief sailing from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, when it got stuck on muddy ground, with 330 cargo containers since lifted off using barges to help refloat it more easily.

The Ever Forward cargo ship reached the Annapolis area around 10am Sunday where it will remain anchored until it continues its journey to Baltimore

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The Ever Forward cargo ship reached the Annapolis area around 10am Sunday where it will remain anchored until it continues its journey to Baltimore

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The 1,096-foot boat had been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay, off the coast of Gibson Island, since March 13

Video footage showed seven tug boats towing the Ever Forward boat under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge around 9.10 am Sunday.

This was the third time crews had tried to free the ship.

The Coast Guard is providing the Ever Forward with a security zone while the tug boats continue to transport the ship to a location south of the bay where officials will then assess the situation.

Crews will need to set up a designated time slot to on-load the hundreds of containers that were removed from the ship this past week to lighten the ship and free it. Two barges were used to take the containers back to the Port of Baltimore.

It is unclear when the on-loading will occur and the Coast Guard did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Video footage showed seven tug boats towing the Ever Forward boat under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge around 9.10 am Sunday

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Video footage showed seven tug boats towing the Ever Forward boat under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge around 9.10 am Sunday

This was the third time crews had tried to free the ship

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This was the third time crews had tried to free the ship

Guardsmen told WBFF high tides helped aide in their process to free the ship, which is owned by Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine.

It was traveling from Baltimore to Norfolk when it turned out of a shipping channel and got stuck in the Chesapeake Bay. It is unclear what caused the freighter to aground.

Crews removed 500 containers and dredged about 20 feet of material on both of its sides to lighten the load and pull it back into the channel.

As of 10.30am Sunday, the ship was traveling at a speed of 5.6 knots, according to tracking website MarineTraffic.

Crews removed 500 containers and dredged about 20 feet of material on both of its sides to lighten the load and pull it back into the channel

Crews removed 500 containers and dredged about 20 feet of material on both of its sides to lighten the load and pull it back into the channel

The Coast Guard is providing the Ever Forward with a security zone while the tug boats continue to transport the ship to a location south of the bay where officials will then assess the situation

Although Evergreen Marine has been operating its for more than two decades, it is only recently that its U.S.-bound vessels ventured beyond the west coast.

Diversions to the east coast came in the second half of 2021 amid peak supply-chain disruptions and issues at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

‘This is part of the growth out of the backlog of the supply chain,’ Sal Mercogliano, a professor of maritime history at Campbell University in North Carolina told Bloomberg last month.

‘To beat the backlog in L.A. and Long Beach, a lot more companies are using ships like Ever Forward to send their cargo directly to the East Coast.’

The Port of Los Angeles does not expect to resume normal operations until the second half of this year and the number of ships traveling to the area from Asia has decreased from over 100 to 43.

Last year, another ship operated by Evergreen, blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt for six days.

Last year, MV Ever Given - another ship operated by Evergreen - blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt for six days

Last year, MV Ever Given – another ship operated by Evergreen – blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt for six days

The nearly 200,000 ton vessel became lodged in the canal during a sandstorm and created a tailback of 420 other ships and held almost $10billion in cargo

The nearly 200,000 ton vessel became lodged in the canal during a sandstorm and created a tailback of 420 other ships and held almost $10billion in cargo

The nearly 200,000-ton MV Ever Given container vessel was wedged in the canal during a sandstorm on March 23, 2021, blocking a passage from Asia to Europe that carries 10 percent of global maritime trade and pumps vital revenues into Egyptian state coffers.

Egypt seized the ship after an urgent salvage operation and demanded compensation from Japanese owners Shoei Kisen Kaisha for lost canal revenues, salvage costs and damage to the canal.

The Taiwanese-operated and Panama-flagged vessel was refloated on March 29, and tailbacks totalling 420 vessels at the northern and southern entrances to the canal were cleared in early April.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced in June 2021 that it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Japanese firm ahead of reaching a final deal.

The SCA didn’t disclose the amount of compensation to be paid, but final negotiations proceeded from a figure of $550million.

In July, the Ismailia Economic Court ruled the seized s

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