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Ever Forward owner to pay $676,000 for oyster bar restoration in Chesapeake Bay

Ever Forward aground in Chesapeake
Posted at 6:56 AM, Jan 05, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-05 17:40:13-05

BALTIMORE — The owner of the huge cargo ship that got stuck in the Chesapeake Bay last year is paying for some of the Chesapeake Bay's restoration efforts.

The Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to require the owner of the Ever Forward to pay $676,000 toward enhancing oyster bars.

The Board says this is meant to address the long-term effects from the ship's grounding and the efforts to refloat it.

The Maryland Department of the Environment issued a report on the grounding and refloating of the ship. According to the report, this impacted about 14 acres of the Chesapeake Bay bottom, including 11.5 acres within the boundary of a natural oyster bar. Click here to read the full report.

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The ship was stuck in the mud 35 days before it was freed.