Salvors have finished cutting and lifting the first of eight sections of the wreck of the capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816).The bow section of the vessel, in St Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia, USA, was separated and hoisted during the morning of November 28th, before being placed onto a deck barge for removal. Commander Efren Lopez, US Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator, said that “this is our first major milestone in the removal operation. We validated the overall removal method while we continue to refine our strategies to increase the efficiency of the next six cuts”. Preparations for the second cut have begun.
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.