BALTIMORE — Update 3/30: The attempt to free the Ever Forward was unsuccessful Tuesday, but crews will try again Wednesday. Five tug boats will be used to try and yank the 1,095-foot ship off the bay's muddy floor.
Original Story 3/28:
Freeing the Ever Forward from the Chesapeake Bay.
Tuesday at noon is when officials will attempt to get the grounded container ship back afloat.
Weather conditions postponed an initial attempt last week.
This time, the 500-yard safety zone that surrounds the ship will be extended to 1000 yards, resulting in temporary navigation channel closures for commercial traffic.
Boaters should anticipate one-way traffic to resume Wednesday at midnight.
A Naval architect is currently aboard the Ever Forward monitoring potential pollution and the ship’s stability.
The 1,095-foot ship has been grounded near Craighill Channel since March 13.
It's owned by Evergreen Marine Corp., which also owns the Ever Given vessel that got stuck in the Suez Canal for a week last year, causing massive problems for global shipping. No traffic has been impacted here thus far.
Last week, WMAR-2 reported on the efforts by the International Union of Operating Engineers, local 25 marine division, to dig out the ship.