Ship stranded for a month is stranded off US east coast | World

A huge container ship that was stranded for a month in the Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the U.Swas refloated this Sunday (17), according to the local press.

The Ever Forward ship, owned by the Evergreen company, from Taiwanran aground in about six meters of mud, hundreds of meters offshore, on the night of March 13, after failing to advance to deeper waters.

American press outlets reported that the boat started moving again around 7 am (8 am in Brasília) on Sunday (17), after almost 500 of the 5,000 containers that were on board the ship were removed to alleviate the weight and enjoy the highest tide this month.

The US Coast Guard had been trying to free Ever Forward for weeks, with the help of tugs and dredging vessels, as the massive ship and efforts to free it from the quagmire turned into a spectacle for tourists watching the scene. from the coast.

The Ever Forward ship is driven by tugboats after being unhitched near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Pasadena, Maryland — Photo: Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP

The cargo ship, which is approximately 335 meters long and has the capacity to carry nearly 12,000 containers, is one of many that cruise the busy waters of the Chesapeake every day.

The bay is a gigantic estuary, the largest in the country, and its shores are home to both the city of Baltimore and the port of Virginia, two of the three most important ports on the east coast of the United States.

The incident involving the Ever Forward on the Chesapeake is reminiscent of a similar episode with another similarly named freighter, the Ever Given, which became stuck on a sandbar in Egypt’s Suez Canal in March 2021, blocking traffic on that route. , one of the most important in the world, for almost a week.

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