Evergreen cargo ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay finally refloated

Evergreen cargo ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay finally refloated

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) A cargo ship operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp. was refloated Sunday morning, after being lodged in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay for a month, the shipping company said Monday.

The Hong Kong-flagged Ever Forward which ran aground near Baltimore on March 13 was refloated at 7:12 a.m. Sunday after over one month of efforts to free the stranded vessel, the company said in a statement.

The cargo chip has finally been pried from the muddy bottom of Chesapeake Bay after the removal of roughly 500 of the 5,000 containers it was carrying to lighten its load.

The full moon and high spring tide also helped the salvage vessels, enabling them to free the massive container ship from the mud, according to the company.

The Ever Forward is being taken to an anchorage near the bay for underwater inspection and will have the previously unloaded containers reloaded, the company said.

The ship will follow its original route from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, according to Evergreen Marine.

The company said there were no reports of damage to the ship or its cargo and no indication of pollution when it was stuck in Chesapeake Bay.

Meanwhile, the grounding of the vessel did not obstruct marine navigation, it added.

Ever Forward, a 12,000 TEU container ship owned by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd., a subsidiary of Evergreen Marine Corp., is operated by Evergreen on its Far East-U.S. East Coast service route.

(By Lai Yan-hsi and Evelyn Kao)

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