The 1,095-foot-long cargo ship that was mired in the mud of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay for five weeks has finally been freed, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
After two unsuccessful attempts to dislodge it, and the subsequent removal of roughly 500 of the 5,000 containers it was carrying, the Ever Forward was refloated just before 7 a.m. April 17 by two barges and five tugboats.
A full moon and high spring tide helped provide a lift to the salvage vessels as they pulled and pushed the massive ship from the mud, across a dredged hole and back into the shipping channel.
The Ever Forward belongs to Evergreen Marine Corp., the same company that owns the Ever Given cargo ship that caused massive global shipping delays when it blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal for six days in March 2021.
The Ever Forward was stuck in about 23 feet of water about 20 miles south of Baltimore, Maryland. It was outside the deep-water shipping channel and not blocking ship traffic on the Chesapeake Bay.
It is still not known what officially caused the freighter to run aground.