The Ever Forward got stuck in the mud for a month in a shipping channel in the Chesapeake Bay and now 9 months later the U.S. Coast Guard says the Captain of the freighter was using his cell phone. the report says he was using his cell phone for about half the time he was steering the huge container ship. , Coast Guard says its investigation found that the pilot, who began working with the Association of Maryland Pilots as an apprentice in 2007, was on the phone for nearly half of the Ever Forward’s transit before it grounded, also sending text messages and drafting an email.
"The Report of the Investigation determined the incident’s causal factors to be the pilot’s failure to maintain situational awareness and attention while navigating, and inadequate bridge resource management."
In addition, the 27-page document suggests that "Based on the finding of facts, the Coast Guard is recommending that marine operators develop and implement effective policies outlining when the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices is appropriate or prohibited."
The Maryland Department of Labor issued the following statement regarding the grounding of the Merchant Vessel:
The following comments can be attributed to Maryland Department of Labor Chief Strategy Officer Joseph E. Farren:
BALTIMORE, MD (December 6, 2022)
“After thorough review of evidence and expert analysis in the investigation of the March 13, 2022 grounding of the MV Ever Forward, the Maryland Board of Pilots (Board), in a unanimous decision, voted to summarily suspend the operating license of Captain Steven Germac on October 20, 2022, and formally notified Captain Germac by letter dated October 21, 2022.”
“Captain Germac was the pilot of the MV Ever Forward at the time of its grounding. As part of the Board’s statutory process, Captain Germac will be afforded an opportunity for a hearing to formally challenge the Board’s decision in this matter. Captain Germac has not piloted a commercial vessel since March 13, 2022.”