Removal of the last section of Golden Ray, completion of the historic wreckage removal operation
The last section of the Golden Ray car transporter has been removed, completing the largest wreckage removal in U.S. history, officials said on Tuesday.
The response to the St. Simons Sound incident said the last section of the wreckage of the Golden Ray was removed from the wreckage site on Monday. The crew stowed the last section, known as section four, on a barge for transport to a local facility at the Mayor’s Point terminal for partial dismantling. Once partially dismantled, the pieces of the wreckage section will be transhipped onto container barges and shipped to a recycling facility in Louisiana.
The United Command and representatives of T&T Salvage, as the lead rescue contractor, and the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the completion of the removal from the historic wreck.
Completion of the project, at least the wreckage removal portion, comes more than two years after the Golden Ray car transporter capsized as it left the Port of Brunswick with more than 4,100 vehicles on September 8, 2019. All 23 crew members and a pilot on board were rescued, including four members of an engineering team who were stuck in the ship for nearly 40 hours. Two crew members were seriously injured.
Wreckage removal used the heavy lifting barge VB-10000, which was used to cut the wreckage of the Golden Ray into eight sections for lifting and barge removal inside a barrier environmental protection erected. Another essential part of the operation, weight loss, has been to remove weathered vehicles from inside the sections as they are cut and exposed, allowing for easier handling.
The operation also suffered a number of setbacks, such as COVID-19-related delays, two hurricane seasons, oil spills, a stubborn engine room section and a major fire that ravaged the interior. of the wreck in May.
The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the capsizing was the second mate’s error when entering ballast quantities into the stability calculation program, which led to his erroneous determination of the vessel’s stability.
The agency issued two safety recommendations to the ship’s operator, G-Marine Service Co. of South Korea, recommending that the company review its safety management system to establish procedures for verifying the calculations of stability as well as its safety management system audit process to verify the crew’s compliance with the Arrival / Departure Checklists concerning the closing of watertight doors.
According to the NTSB report, the 656-foot-long Golden Ray began to list quickly to port during a 68-degree turn to starboard within 40 minutes of leaving port. Despite attempts by the pilot and crew to counter the list, the rate of turn to starboard increased and the vessel reached a list of 60 degrees to port in less than a minute before beaching outside. of the channel.
Damage from the incident was estimated at $ 200 million, including the total loss of the ship and all cargo inside.
Here is a collection of images from the project:
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