Rescue plan designed for the Chesapeake Bay Everforward

Baltimore (AP) — There are plans to resurface a cargo ship that has been stuck for days in the Chesapeake Bay, ship operators said Friday.

Salver Donjon Smit conducts an underwater inspection of 1,095 feet (334 meters) of Everforward, allowing rescue teams to implement a re-emergence plan, but first authorities must approve it. No, Evergreen said in a statement on Friday.

According to Evergreen, the plan includes releasing ballasts to lighten cargo, dredging the muddy floors of the bay around the ship, and creating space between the propeller, rudder and seabed. increase.

Rescue teams are mobilizing all available local tugs to participate in the operation. After enough mud has been removed and the ship has become lighter, the team will use the power of the tugboat and the ship’s main engine to resurface the ship at high tide, according to Evergreen.

The United States Coast Guard has partnered with at least four other government agencies to “ensure Everforward’s re-emergence program to maintain the safety of people on board and around and the safety of the marine environment.” Petty Officer Third Class Breana Centeno said. on mail.

According to the United States Coast Guard, Everforward headed from Baltimore Port to Norfolk, Virginia, and ran aground north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Sunday night. A Taiwan-based vessel operated by Evergreen Marine Corp. ran aground outside the main nautical corridor, the Craig Hill Strait, and authorities said there were no reports of injuries, damage or contamination.

The Coast Guard says authorities have not yet identified the cause of Everforward’s grounding. Unlike her sister ship, Evergiven, who caused global supply chain problems when she blocked traffic for several days on the Suez Canal nearly a year ago, she did not block her navigation.