The cutting of Section One of capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) has progressed through the keel, where the thick dense structural steel is located.
Engineers are modifying operations to increase cutting efficiency. They now expect cutting to progress more quickly through the remainder of the section. Equipment to lift and remove Section One remains on standby.
Responders continued to report sightings of drones over the wreck site, as well as recreational vessels in or near the safety zone.
Incident Commander Tom Wiker, of Gallagher Marine Systems, said that recreational boats impeding the safety zone and drone activity in the area where the teams were working could be a distraction that leads to a mishap or injury.
Responders continued to recover small pieces of debris, some oiled, within the proximity of the wreck and at the shoreline. Light oil sheening continued to be observed adjacent to the wreck during the daily aerial and on-water surveys.
The 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels.
2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc of Majuro, Marshall Islands. It is managed by Hyundai Glovis Co of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. North of England Club was the P&I club at the time of the incident.
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