Monday, March 14, 2022

I Hate It When That Happens

WBAL TV, Container ship stranded off Gibson Island coast in Chesapeake Bay

A container ship is reported to be stranded off the coast of Gibson Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

Marine Tracker lists the ship as the Ever Forward and that it is aground. It appears there are several tugboats out of Baltimore trying to assist.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic, its command center received a call around 9 p.m. Sunday for a 1,095-foot cargo vessel that had run aground in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Coast Guard said the cargo ship is outside the main shipping channel and is not a hazard to another other marine interests.

There is no damage, injuries or pollution as a result of the incident, the coast guard said.

Coast Guard personnel are on the scene assessing the situation to try and determine the best way to refloat the vessel.

The Coast Guard said it is alerting all mariners in the area via marine radio asking them to avoid the area around the ship.

The company that operates the ship, Evergreen, is the same one that was responsible for the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal a year ago.

I wonder how she got stranded. I don't think the Chesapeake is especially tough to navigate; the channels are well known and well marked, and the bottom doesn't shift too much under the influence of currents and wind. Our tides aren't particularly extreme, although we have had unusually low tides the last couple of days in the wake of the "bomb cyclone" that hit the East Coast a couple of days ago.   Maybe they lost power, or maybe somebody on board just flat screwed up.

The next high tide is coming soon, around 6 PM. Hopefully they can get her off the bar. That's a lot of metal to move. 


  1. Same company as the Canal stopper Ever Given. Sounds like their bridge crews could use a little remedial classroom and simulator time.

  2. Maybe while they are in town they can hit up bass pro shops for the annual fishing sale and get 200 bucks off a new Hummingbird GPS unit. The 12 inch

  3. I would have thought they would have had a pilot on board.

  4. Good point Fritz, it’s north of the anchorage so should have been pilot onboard if in fact by Gibson Island.