Chesapeake dredging resumes after tugs fail to refloat boxship

(GIBSON ISLAND, Md.) — The containership Ever Forward remained grounded in Chesapeake Bay on Thursday after tugboats failed to free the vessel Tuesday, WBAL TV reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard provided an update Thursday, saying the service, the Maryland Department of the Environment and Evergreen Marine Corp. continue to work to refloat the ship.

The Coast Guard says attempts will resume next week after more dredging to a depth of 43 feet. A 500-yard safety zone, around-the-clock monitoring for potential pollution and stability checks continue.

The 1,095-foot boxship ran aground on March 13 near Craighill Channel.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay monitors the 1,095-foot Ever Forward on March 14 in Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo


By Rich Miller