A year after the Suez blockade, another evergreen ship has been found in the Chesapeake

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A year after the Suez blockade, another evergreen ship has been found in the Chesapeake

A container ship operated by the same company whose ship blocked the Suez Canal last year, racking up billions of dollars in global trade for nearly a week, has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay since Sunday night, according to Maryland officials. .

US Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Third Class Brenna Centeno said the 1,095-foot Ever Forward was en route from Baltimore to Norfolk, Va., when it slammed into the bay near the Craighill Channel.

A rescue team, naval architects and divers were working to free the ship, Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William P. Doyle said in a statement. He said the Coast Guard is leading the rescue efforts.

No one was injured and there was no “pollution-related spill”, Mr Doyle said. Petty Officer Centeno said the ship was not carrying hazardous materials.

Almost a year after Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, the ship ran aground in the Suez Canal on March 23, 2021, blocking a channel that is believed to be the source of global commercial maritime traffic. Handles about 10 percent.

It took six days to free the ship, and by then, 367 ships were waiting to pass through the canal, which serves as a major conduit for oil as well as connecting factories in Asia to prosperous customers in Europe. . The episode was a disaster for the shipping industry, which damaged shipping around the world and froze nearly $10 billion in trade a day.

According to Maryland officials, the accident involving Ever Forward, which, like Ever Given, is operated by Evergreen Marine Corp., appears to be far less catastrophic.

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“The ship’s grounding has not prevented other ships from entering or exiting the port of Baltimore,” Mr. Doyle said. “Business and commerce activities continue as normal at Baltimore Port.”

Nevertheless, the ship crashed at a time when the global supply chain remains in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic. The timing also spawned a new round of jokes on the Internet, which appeared in Ever Given’s Travels last year.

“March is International Evergreen Marine Corp Container Ship Run Aground Month,” A Twitter user wrote, “What are you doing to celebrate?”

Evergreen Marine Corp did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Petty Officer Centeno said that the alert came from Ever Forward at 9 o’clock on Sunday night. The ship left Baltimore that day and was to arrive in Virginia on Thursday as per the ship’s schedule.

The Coast Guard said it had not determined how Ever Forward became trapped.

“Once the ship is operational again, we will investigate the cause,” Petty Officer Centeno said.

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