Cargo ship stuck in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay presenting Coast Guard 'logistical challenge'

The vessel ran aground Sunday after leaving Baltimore, the Coast Guard said.

March 15, 2022, 8:02 PM

A loaded 1,095-foot cargo ship remained stuck Tuesday morning in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, presenting Coast Guard officials with what they described as a "logistical challenge" to free the vessel without polluting the environment.

The container vessel, named Ever Forward, ran aground Sunday night after leaving Baltimore, Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Lehmann, a spokesman for the Coast Guard's Mid-Atlantic district, told ABC News Tuesday morning.

Lehmann said the ship is stuck in about 23-feet of water but is not blocking traffic in the bay's deep-water channel.

"It's a pretty big logistical challenge," Lehmann said about freeing the ship.

Lehmann said a Coast Guard environmental team boarded the ship to make an assessment of its condition and determine how to safely get it towed off what is believed to be a sandbar without polluting the water or causing harm to the crew.

PHOTO: The container ship Ever Forward, owned by Evergreen Marine, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay off the coast near Pasadena, Md., the night before, is seen Monday, March 14, 2022.
The container ship Ever Forward, owned by Evergreen Marine, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay off the coast near Pasadena, Md., the night before, is seen Monday, March 14, 2022.
Julio Cortez/AP

"We're making sure all boxes are checked," said Lehmann, adding that a timeline has not yet been established on when an attempt to free the vessel will be made.

Lehmann said no one was injured and no pollution has been detected as a result of the mishap.

He said the Coast Guard was notified of the incident around 9 p.m. Sunday. The vessel was headed to Norfolk, Virginia.

Coast Guard officials said the ship was apparently traveling outside the deep-water channel when it got hung up.

Lehmann said the ship is believed to be owned by Evergreen Marine Corp., noting the company's name on the side of the vessel. Evergreen Marine, based in Taiwan, is also the owner of a cargo ship Ever Given, which got stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal in March 2021, blocking the world-famous waterway for six days and causing massive delays in global shipping.

Evergreen Marine Corp. confirmed to ABC News it owns the ship and said in a statement, "Evergreen is arranging for divers to conduct underwater inspections to confirm any damage to the vessel, and is coordinating with all the concerned parties to refloat the ship as soon as possible. The incident did not block the navigation channel or disrupt traffic entering or leaving the port. The cause of the incident is under investigation by the competent authority."

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