Salvors push to dismantle Golden Ray before hurricane season

Professional Mariner|April 2020

Salvors push to dismantle Golden Ray before hurricane season
The vehicle carrier Golden Ray, which capsized in September after leaving Georgia’s Port of Brunswick, remained submerged on its side in mid-February as salvors finalized plans to break it up for removal. The ship was loaded with about 4,200 vehicles when it rolled over.
Jim Romeo

A unified command (UC) consisting of members of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems — the company representing vessel owner Hyundai Glovis — opted to cut up the ship after determining that it could not be safely refloated. Plans are in place to erect an environmental protection barrier (EPB) and complete salvage operations before the start of the hurricane season in June.

T&T Salvage has been contracted by Hyundai Glovis to construct the EPB and remove the wreck from St. Simons Sound. The work will be overseen by the unified command. Donjon-SMIT was the initial response contractor.

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