he The Evergreen Marine-owned containership, Ever Forward, ran aground in Chesapeake Bay after departing the Port of Baltimore Seagirt Terminal on Sunday night, two weeks ago.
Yesterday, the first attempt to refloat the ship failed. The operation had began with 5 tugboats trying to free the ship. Nevertheless, no matter how much they tried, the vessel did not move.
Concerning the second attempt, the salvage teams believed that the weather conditions would be in favor of the whole situation and that the containership would refloat. However, the effort were again unsuccessful.
According to a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard nothing significant changed today, as the situation “remains largely the same.”
For the first failing attempt, the experts pointed to unfavorable weather conditions with strong winds that had been blowing water out of the Chesapeake Bay.
As for now, the plan is to resume further dredging. The tentative plan is to attempt the next refloating of the vessel on April 4, but the exact number of tugs and configuration is not yet determined. If the next attempt fails again, reports indicate that reducing the weight of the ship will be considered.
Precisely, pumping fuel from the vessel or offloading containers would surely be a slow process.