Environmental barrier to be built around the wreck of the Golden Ray

The Unified Command overseeing the salvage of capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) is to approve and monitor the construction of an environmental barrier around the vessel.

The Golden Ray is still on its side in St. Simons Sound nearly four months after capsizing shortly after departing the Port of Brunswick, Georgia State.

The vessel’s owner and the Unified Command are working closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers to obtain the required permits to begin the construction of the environmental protection barrier (ECB). Further details are expected from Unified Command once the required permits have been issued.

Golden Ray was carrying about 4,200 vehicles when it lost stability and grounded in on September 8th 2019. Due to the environmental threat, the salvage will consist of removing all cargo and components from the vessel and cutting it up in situ.

Most recently, crews removed the side ramp and have been working on the stern ramp which will improve safety conditions and expedite operations to cut the vessel into sections for removal, according to the latest update.

Kevin Perry of Gallagher Marine Systems, incident commander for the responsible party, said that “while crews are actively engaged in ramp removal from the wreck itself, we are working back on shore with environmental, engineering and other experts to finalize plans for the EPB that will mitigate threats to the marine ecosystem when the Golden Ray is eventually cut into large sections and removed by barge.” He noted that “we are doing everything we can to get this wreck removal right. This includes considering every last detail of the EPB including how its construction will impact marine life and what level of noise the citizens of St. Simons Island can expect while it is being built.”

John Maddox, Georgia Department of Natural Resource state on-scene coordinator, said that the salvage was “a complicated project with lots of moving parts. The UC is pleased that this phase of the planning process is almost complete and appreciates the patience of local residents and visitors of St. Simons as we get closer to removing the Golden Ray”.

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.