Dredging around the stuck container vessel Ever Forward (IMO 9850551)began over the weekend of March 19th/20th, with two dredgers working to clear mud from the around the ship’s hull. Port of Baltimore Executive Director William Doyle said dredging commenced Sunday, led by Donjon-Smit, the appointed salvor, and Cashman Dredging & Marine Construction.
Two dredgers, Donjon’s Oyster Bay and Cashman’s Dale Pyatt, were on the scene. Doyle said that Dale Pyatt was the largest “clam shell dredge” in the Western Hemisphere, equipped with a 28 cubic yard bucket. Donjon Marine Co.’s Oyster Bay was equipped with clam shell bucket that is 15 cubic yards.
The dredging is part of a salvage plan that has now been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Evergreen said that “the team is mobilizing all available local tugboats to join in the refloating operation,” Evergreen said in a March 18 update. “After sufficient mud is excavated the refloating operation will begin using both the tugboats and the power of her main engine. The rescue team will carry out the plan utilizing the most beneficial high tide period in the port area.”
No timeline has been provided for the refloating.
Container ship Ever Forward ran aground in Chesapeake Bay late on Sunday March 13th after leaving the Port of Baltimore en route to Norfolk, Virginia.
2020-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 117,340 gt Ever Forward is owned and managed by Evergreen Marine Corporation of Taoyuan City, China. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Evergreen Marine (HK) Ltd.