Container removal began Saturday for Evergreen’s ‘Ever Forward’ refloat operation in the Chesapeake Bay. Removal to continue in daylight hours over the next several days. A 500-yard safety zone remains in effect. Approx. 500 containers are expected to be transferred.
A 500-yard safety zone around the ship in the Chesapeake Bay will continue for the duration of the operation and the adjacent shipping channel will remain unaffected.
The zone has been established to provide for the safety of persons involved in the salvage operation as well as the integrity of the marine environment.
Ensuring the ship’s stability and monitoring for any signs of pollution continue to be top priorities for the Unified Command and responders. In addition to regular soundings of fuel and ballast tanks, a naval architect and salvage master are remotely monitoring a recently installed sensor system to constantly evaluate the ship’s stability and integrity and will continue to do so throughout the refloat operation.
They will also continue to conduct regular visits to the ship. Mariners are requested to monitor VHF channel 16 for the latest information.
The EVER FORWARD salvage operation began Sunday, March 13 after the 1,095-foot container ship grounded in the Chesapeake Bay near Craighill Channel.
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