The Ever Forward still remains stuck at the Chesapeake Bay, when the vessel run aground in the bay on Sunday, after leaving the Port of Baltimore en route to Norfolk, Virginia.
K Webster, a marine and transit claims consultancy, noted yesterday that professional salvors have been appointed by shipowners on commercial terms in order to assist the refloating operation.
The report noted that the ship “is likely to have grounded in shallow water on a predominantly muddy bottom”.
The vessel’s draft at the time of departure from Baltimore is reported to have been 13 meters whereas the average depth of the Bay is approximately only 6.4 meters. Significant efforts may therefore be required to refloat the vessel and it is possible that recovery issues may arise in respect of any time- and/or temperature-sensitive cargo in the event of any prolonged delay in the vessel’s schedule
…says the report.
Previously, it was mentioned by a spokesperson for the US Coast Guard’s 5th District that the vessel was proceeding with a pilot on board when it grounded.
It should be noted that the vessel left the Port of Baltimore on Sunday night en route to Norfolk, Virginia, when it ran aground outside the main shipping channel.