Golden Ray: Responders start another cut

Written by Nick Blenkey
Massve cutting chain and block

Wreck removal personnel aboard the VB-10000 attach the cutting chain to the cutting apparatus block during preparations to commence cutting operations to separate Section Three from the remaining Golden Ray wreck on Thursday. [St. Simons Sound Incident Response photo]

Responders continue to make progress in their efforts to remove the wreck of the capsized car carrier Golden Ray from St. Simons Sound, Ga. Yesterday, they began cutting operations to separate Section Three from the remaining wreck. This marked the start of the fifth of seven total cuts.

Golden Ray sections 8 & 7 and 1 & 2 have been removed

Response efforts have been ongoing since the 660 foot long car car carrier capsized in St. Simons Sound, which is near the Port of Brunswick, Ga., on September 8, 2019.

Once separated, Section three be stowed in a dry dock and transported to a facility at the Mayors Point Terminal in the Port of Brunswick.

Meantime, at the opposite end of the wreck, responders removed 53 vehicles and part of a moveable deck from Section Six on Thursday during weight-shedding operations.

Sea-fastening operations have been completed on Section Seven of the wreck. After inspection by U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, the section will depart the Mayors Point Terminal, dependent on a favorable weather window.

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