A large container ship has run aground off the US east coast, almost a year after a ship belonging to the same shipping company – Evergreen – blocked the Suez Canal for six days, causing serious disruption to global trade.
The 334-meter Ever Forward, flying the Hong Kong flag, departed Baltimore local time on Sunday and was expected to arrive in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday before continuing to New York and then the Panama Canal.
The US Coast Guard said it received the first reports of a stalled ship on Sunday evening at 9 p.m. local time. Initial reports say there are no injuries, contamination or damage to the ship. The Coast Guard is currently working with Maryland authorities to refloat the Ever Forward, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay near the Baltimore coast.
In March 2021, the huge container ship Ever Given, also operated by shipping company Evergreen, blocked the Suez Canal for six days after it ran aground in a sandstorm. The incident disrupted traffic on one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, causing huge trade chaos.