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Ship gets stuck in Chesapeake a year after sister ship got stuck in Suez Canal

Container ship left Baltimore on Sunday, Coast Guard says

The container ship Ever Forward, which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay off the coast near Pasadena, Md., on March 14. (Julio Cortez/AP)

A huge cargo ship got stuck in the Chesapeake Bay, almost a year after a sister ship blocked the Suez Canal, according to authorities.

The Ever Forward, a 1,095-foot container ship, got stuck Sunday night after leaving Baltimore, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The vessel remained stuck in the bay Monday night while the Coast Guard assessed the situation, said Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s Mid-Atlantic district.

It was not clear why the ship got stuck, but Lehmann said it was outside the normal shipping channel and posed no obvious threat to navigation.

It was still stuck Tuesday evening.

The vessel is owned by Evergreen Marine Corp., the shipping organization that also owns the Ever Given, the vessel that got stuck March 23 in the Suez Canal, choking the waterway and attracting worldwide attention.

A major concern in the assessment of the ship in the bay was to make sure that the vessel, if refloated, would remain seaworthy and pose no hazards, Lehmann said.