The latest attempt to free the Ever Forward cargo ship in the Chesapeake Bay begins Saturday

A new effort aimed at removing 500 shipping containers from the Ever Forward begins Saturday. The ship has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay since March 13.

Tugboats Atlantic Enterprise (left) and Atlantic Salvor (right) use lines to tow the container ship Ever Forward, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay as crews attempted to refloat the ship in Pasadena Tuesday, March 29, 2022 to make Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Tugboats Atlantic Enterprise (bottom center) and Atlantic Salvor (right) use ropes to tow the container ship Ever Forward, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay as crews attempted to refloat the ship Tuesday, March 29, 2022 make Pasadena, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Tugboats Atlantic Enterprise (bottom center) and Atlantic Salvor (right) use ropes to tow the container ship Ever Forward, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay as crews attempted to refloat the ship Tuesday, March 29, 2022 make Pasadena, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Crews are dredging near the container ship Ever Forward to extricate it after it ran aground off the coast near Pasadena, Maryland Monday, March 21, 2022.  The ship is not blocking navigation in the canal, unlike last year's high-profile ship's sister ship Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal, disrupting the global <a class=supply chain for days. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)”/>

Crews are dredging near the container ship Ever Forward to extricate it after it ran aground off the coast near Pasadena, Maryland Monday, March 21, 2022. The ship is not blocking navigation in the canal, unlike last year’s high-profile ship’s sister ship Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal, disrupting the global supply chain for days. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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People sit in a park as they watch tugboats, top left, use lines to tow the container ship Ever Forward, top right, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay when crews Tuesday, March 29, 2022, attempted to refloat the ship in Pasadena, Maryland (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

People sit in a park as they watch tugboats, top left, use lines to tow the container ship Ever Forward, top right, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay when crews Tuesday, March 29, 2022, attempted to refloat the ship in Pasadena, Maryland (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AP/Julio Cortez

A new attempt to remove 500 shipping containers from a stranded cargo ship in the Chesapeake Bay begins Saturday.

The 1,000-foot Ever Forward has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay since March 13.

The latest move, which the US Coast Guard says is expected to take several days, comes after two failed attempts to get rid of the massive container ship.



Officials had initially hoped to use tugs and barges to refloat the cargo ship without having to remove the nearly 5,000 containers of dry cargo, but that proved impossible.

Now the plan is to remove the containers from both sides of the ship near Pasadena, Maryland, before loading them onto barges and transporting them to Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore.

Once the ship is freed from the bottom of the bay, the US Coast Guard has told WTOP that it will likely be towed to Annapolis to have its seaworthiness checked before being allowed to set sail again.

The cargo ship, a sister ship to the Ever Given that blocked the Suez Canal for several days in 2021, ran aground in shallow waters in the Chesapeake Bay and became stuck on the bay’s muddy bottom while sailing from the port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia.

Unlike the Ever Given, which disrupted the international supply chain and attracted international media attention, the cargo ship in the bay does not impede navigation, and the shipping channel is open for one-way traffic.

A 500-yard “security zone” will be established around Ever Forward for the duration of the process.

The Coast Guard is still investigating what caused the ship to run aground.

The operator of the ship is the Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp.

WTOP’s Jack Moore and Matt Small contributed to this report.

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