Despite two failed attempts to free it this week, a sister container ship to the Ever Given that got stuck in the Suez Canal last year has been lodged in the Chesapeake Bay for 21 days – and now the cargo holders must pay to help release it.
Why is this important: The Ever Forward (yes, revel in the irony) is the largest ship to be stuck in the Chesapeake Bay and it carries 5,000 containers of… stuff.
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What is happening: The owner of the vessel – Evergreen Marine Corp. – invoked a maritime law dubbed “general average”, under which those whose belongings are on a ship must share the cost of its release.
Enlarge: It’s unclear what’s in the thousands of containers aboard the Ever Forward, but at least one cargo holder – a Bloomberg reporter who recently moved from Hong Kong to New York – shared her experience. while waiting on his furniture.
“All of our apartment contents, all of our furniture, lots of books, things of sentimental value are all in a container stuck in the Chesapeake Bay,” Tracy Alloway told NBC Washington.
The US Coast Guard, which handles public relations for Ever Forward, according to the Port of Baltimore, told Axios that “general cargo” was on the ship and referred further questions to Evergreen.
Zoom out: The Ever Forward has been idling near Baltimore, en route to Norfolk, since a wrong turn leaving Baltimore on March 13 caused the boat to run aground in shallow water (24 feet of water – when it takes 42 to float, according to NBC Washington.)
The Ever Forward has been stranded three times since its sister ship ran aground between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea last year.
Tuesday and Wednesday saw the first attempts to raise the boat using tugs.
A third attempt is coming soon, “using two tow barges anchored from the stern and five tugs,” Doyle wrote on Twitter.
The big picture: You can stay informed of progress via istheshipstillstuck.com, a website that went viral last year during the Suez fiasco.
The boat has become a tourist attraction, and Downs Park (there’s a $6 admission fee) in Pasadena, Maryland is apparently the best place to see it.
By the numbers: Comparison of giant and stuck container ships.
The always forward – currently lodged in Baltimore en route to Norfolk for 21 days and counting – 1,095 feet long, 117,340 gross tons. Failed due to a wrong turn in the bay.
The never given – stuck in the Suez Canal for 6 days – 1,312 feet long, weighing 224,000 gross tons. Ran aground due to a strong gust of wind.
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