Boxship grounds in Chesapeake Bay, restricting traffic

(BALTIMORE) — The U.S. Coast Guard continued to respond Tuesday to the 1,095-foot containership Ever Forward, which grounded Sunday night in the Chesapeake Bay near Craighill Channel.

Coast Guard responders are working closely with personnel from the Maryland Department of the Environment to monitor the containership, investigate how the ship grounded, and develop a plan to safely refloat the ship.

A captain of the port order has been issued by the Coast Guard requiring the vessel’s crew to conduct soundings of all tanks, bilges and voids every four hours to monitor potential pollution and report any noticeable change in stability, draft readings, vessel position or signs of an oil discharge.

Additionally, the Coast Guard is enforcing a 500-yard safety zone around Ever Forward to ensure the safety of those on and around the vessel as well as the safety of the marine environment during ongoing salvage operations.

Ever Forward is not currently obstructing the navigational channel, however, vessels operating in the vicinity are still required to conduct one-way traffic and transit at a reduced speed.

There are no reports of injuries, pollution, or damage to the vessel as a result of the grounding.

The Hong-Kong flagged containership, reported to be carrying general cargo, departed Baltimore on Sunday and was en route to Norfolk, Va., when it grounded.

– U.S. Coast Guard

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay monitors the 1,095-foot Ever Forward on Monday in Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo
By Rich Miller