Work underway to refloat stuck cargo ship in Chesapeake Bay – NBC4 Washington

Efforts are still ongoing Tuesday to refloat a container ship that ran aground in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The 1,095-foot ship, named Ever Forward, is part of the same Taiwan-based fleet of ships as the Ever Given, which got stuck in the Suez Canal about a year ago, causing global shipping problems.

No injuries or environmental damage were reported and the stuck vessel is not impeding traffic, officials said. Nearby ships reduce speed and take other precautions.

The Coast Guard received an initial report around 9 p.m. Sunday that the ship had run aground, Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann said. It was found in 23 feet of water.

Crews were still evaluating Tuesday morning how to refloat the ship while keeping about 30 people safe on board and risking no environmental damage. The Maryland Department of Environmental Protection is involved in the response.

“A lot can go wrong in an incident like this,” said Lehmann. “We want to make absolutely sure that we don’t rush the process and put people’s lives at risk.”

The Coast Guard is developing plans to remove containers from the ship to make it lighter, Petty Officer Kimberly Reaves said.

It was unclear why the ship ran aground or how long it might take to refloat.

The ship left the Port of Baltimore on Sunday and headed for Norfolk, Virginia, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Stay tuned to NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.

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