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The first slice of the Golden Ray wreck cut and lifted onto barge (PHOTOS)

PortandTerminal.com, November 29, 2020

BRUNSWICK, GA – Crews have finished cutting and lifting the first section of the wreck of the MV Golden Ray – its bow. Preparations are now underway for the section to be transported by barge. The car carrier has been lying on her side in shallow water since capsizing in St. Simons Sound near the Port of Brunswick in Georgia last September – 4,200 vehicles remain onboard.

The plan is to slice up the Golden Ray into 8 sections using chains as a type of saw that will tear through the ship’s hull. Each slice of the vessel will then be loaded onto a barge using the twin-hulled heavy lift vessel VB-10,000 and then be transported to Louisiana for recycling.

A chain acting like a saw cuts through the hull of the car carrier.
A chain acting like a saw cuts through the hull of the car carrier.

“It’s a slow rip, not really a cut. They don’t want to cut through vehicles and released contaminants into the environment. The idea is, they want to knock the vehicles out of the way as the chain makes its way up through the hull” U.S. Coast Guard Commander D.J. Donovan said in an interview last July as he described the cutting process.

“This is our first major milestone in the removal operation. We validated the overall removal method while we continue to refine our strategies to increase the efficiency of the next six cuts” said Commander Efren Lopez, U.S. Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator.

Slice of submerged ship being lifted by crane.
St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
4,200 vehicles remain on board the car carrier. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
Aerial view. Barge. Tug boats. Crane. Sunken ship
St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

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