Dredging underway to free container ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay

MARYLAND — Crews are hoping to free a giant container ship that has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay for more than a week now by dredging the area around it.

The 1,095ft container ship called Ever Forward was carrying 4,964 containers of general dry cargo when it got stuck on March 13, according to the US Coast Guard.

The ship was heading for the norfolk harbor when it ran aground, shows VesselFinder.com.

Maryland Port Authority Executive Director Guillaume Doyle US companies Don Jon Marine and Cashman Dredging & Marine Construction are leading the surgical dredging operation, which began on Sunday.

Appropriate permits have been issued by state and federal agencies, Doyle confirmed.

Capt. David O’Connell, the area commander for Maryland Coast Guard Area – National Capital Region, and Cmdr. Christopher Rosen, Area Response Manager Maryland – National Capital Region, watches over the grounded vessel, the Ever Forward, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in the Chesapeake Bay. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Centeno/Released.)

“All excavated dredged material will be repurposed for the beneficial use of rebuilding Poplar Island,” he tweeted over the weekend.


It is not yet known what blocked the Ever Forward.

The good news is there were no injuries, pollution or damage to the vessel, the US Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard and Maryland Department of Environment are working on a plan to safely refloat the 1,095-foot vessel carrying 4,964 containers of general dry cargo. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Centeno/Released.)

According to The Washington PostEver Forward is owned by Evergreen Marine Corp., the maritime organization that also owns the Ever Given, which got stuck March 23 in the Suez Canal, blocking the waterway and attracting worldwide attention.

Christy J. Olson