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Ever Forward deep in mud, likely to be a ‘prolonged salvage’

Evergreen, owner of the Ever Forward ship that remains aground off Baltimore, has engaged Donjon-Smit as the salvage company in the operation to refloat the vessel. The ship has been stuck in mud since Sunday night, when it left the Port of Baltimore en route to Norfolk, Virginia.

Underwater inspections indicate that the ship was not damaged in the grounding. While no fuel leakage has been found, the ship’s crew has been ordered by the US Coast Guard to conduct soundings every four hours of all tanks, bilges and voids to monitor for pollution and report changes in stability, draft or position, or signs of oil discharge.

Sal Mercogliano, a maritime historian at Campbell University in North Carolina, pointed out in a Twitter post on March 15 that the Ever Forward’s bow is almost 4 m out of the water, indicating just how high up on the sand the ship is positioned.

“This is going to be a prolonged salvage to get her off,” predicted Mercogliano.

Evergreen noted that the weight of cargo is a factor in the plan to refloat the ship, potentially indicating that it may become necessary to remove containers from the ship to refloat it.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.


  1. Of course they will have to lighten the load, I would suggest that about 50% of those boxes will have to be removed, and a few large tugs deployed to break the ground reaction on a high tide.

    1. Yeah iam sure they are all over the weight of particular containers if they need to lighten the load, these ships are huge now, hopefully it all goes well, for smit, very experienced company

    1. Ship is in no way overloaded that’s hip could probably take another 3-400 containers

  2. This is now the 2nd time that Evergreen Container Line has had one of there ships go aground. No Captain on Bridge and where was the so called Pilot, da. I never heard of ship any ship going aground off the Port of Baltimore, Maryland. You can clearly see that EVER FORWARD is “Way Over Filled with Containers” and that’s why it went aground. “Or” maybe GOD intent that to happen like last time in the Suez Canal….How many Containers Has Stolen Children on board on the EVER FORWARD a Company Hillary Clinton has invested in over decades to push Clinton Sex Traffic Ring Now that Clinton #1 Country Ukraine is at war with Russia. Hillary has to set up elsewhere, where could that be???. Follow the EVER FORWARD closely Ladies & Gentleman and Open Those Container’s.

    1. Keep taking those Republican paranoia meds dude, they’re clearly working extremely well given that pile of tripe you’re writing.

    2. There’s been a few ships that have run aground in the Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore. The last one before Ever Forward was the M/V Katya V on.11/26/21.

    3. Based on your comment, I think you’re off your meds there buddy. Strongly suggest you see a physician..

  3. Can’t believe how many stupid comments have been made. Seems to be a lot of so-called experts that simply have no idea what they are talking about!

  4. Facebook is full of experts. No one knows in what they are experts, but they are experts.

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