WTOP – As a 1,095-foot cargo ship remained stranded in the Chesapeake Bay Friday, environmental experts raised concerns about a potential oil spill as crews worked to free the ship from the mud that it’s stuck in.
“It’s so far aground that about 20 feet of the ship is buried in mud,” said Doug Myers, a scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an advocacy group focused on improving the Bay.
“That has a tendency to put stress on the hull, and even though it’s not carrying oil, a ship that big would have large amounts of fuel,” Myers added. “Until the ship is freed, we’re concerned that the stress could rupture the hull and cause a fuel leak.”
The Ever Forward was headed from the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, on March 13 when it ran aground north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the U.S. Coast Guard said.