First floating pipe barrier segment installed around the Golden Ray

The first floating pipe barrier segment has been installed around the wreck of capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816). The environmental protection barrier is being built by Weeks Marine. The 36-inch diameter high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is foam filled and will be one of 36 segments in total. They will float on the water surface between steel buoys, constrained by the structural framing at each pile group.

The HDPE barrier will secure and protect a floating offshore oil boom that will be installed outside of the pipe, which will completely surround the wreck site.

Golden Ray partially capsized on September 8th last year shortly after leaving the Port of Brunswick, Georgia.

Some 6,000 tons of aggregate rock was placed around the ship’s hull last October to reduce erosion.

Shipowner Hyundai Glovis has appointed Galveston-based T&T Salvage to demolish the vessel in place. The ship will be cut into eight large sections, with the cargo in place, each of which will be hoisted and removed by barge.

Some of the 4,200 cars on board are expected to fall into the water during the operation, according to court filings.

Donjon-SMIT was initially involved in the salvage as part of OPA-90 regulations in place at the time of the incident. Vessel owner Hyundai Glovis and insurer North of England P&I Club, subsequently contracted T&T Salvage for the wreck removal after consultation. Donjon-SMIT is undertaking legal action on the matter.

US District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said that an injunction delaying the salvage would not be in the public interest.

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.