Dismantling of Golden Ray scheduled to start in July

The dismantling of capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) by the Unified Command is due to start in mid-July.

Golden Ray ran aground an overturned in St Simons Sound, off Brunswick, Georgia, USA, last September.

Since then the UC has built an environmental protection barrier and prepared the ship to be cut into eight pieces.. Lifting lugs and cranes will be used to put the pieces, which continue to contain the cars that were on board when the incident occurred, on a barge to be taken out.

The US Coast Guard has estimated that this will take about a week per section, indicating conclusion in mid-September, a year after the grounding.

Salvors expect oil and debris to fall from the ship, but these should remain contained within an environmental protection barrier. The barrier is made of pipes and poles driven into the seafloor. Between those pairs of piling there is a double layer of floating protection, sea boom and a hard plastic pipe that is designed to contain any floating pollutants primarily oil.

A mesh net 5ft in diameter goes from above the water line to the seafloor. The netting is designed to keep large submerged debris inside the EPB.

Other protection in place comprise skimming boats, strike teams and people to physically lift out debris from the water.

Should any debris wash ashore the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is prepared to remove and dispose of it.

Marine officials will monitor the mesh net to ensure that it does not impact marine life.

Occasional outbreaks of fire are anticipated; firefighting systems have been put in place and will be ready to go for when this happens.

Unified Command officials hoped to have the ship removed before the height of hurricane season in August, September, with everything removed and completed by the end of 2020.

The smaller pieces of the dismantled carrier will be taken to Brunswick to be dismantled and recycled. The larger segments will be taken for recycling to Louisiana.

2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 71,178 gt Golden Ray is owned by GL NV24 Shipping Inc care of manager Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is G-Marine Service Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Hyundai Glovis Co, Ltd.