Golden Ray pilot reported to have grounded vessel deliberately

The pilot on board capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816), deliberately took the vessel out of the channel and grounded her, local paper The Brunswick News has reported

The vessel, which capsized on September 8th in St Simons Sound outside the port of Brunswick, Georgia, USA, had just left port with 4,200 vehicles on board when the incident occurred.

The vessel was believed to have suffered a fire on board, although this has not been confirmed officially; neither has it been confirmed whether this was the reason for the pilot deliberately leaving the channel to ground the vessel.

The pilot onboard was Captain Jonathan Tennant of the Brunswick Bar Harbor Pilots’ Association. Association spokesman Captain John Cameron said he was proud of Tennant’s leadership during the rescue of the crew. He said that Tennant’s actions would have contributed to the best possible outcome for the incident.

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch also praised Tennant’s decision to take the vessel out of the fairway.

Speaking at the Brunswick State of the Port address Wednesday, Lynch said that “the Coast Guard and our Brunswick maritime community came together in an impressive display of teamwork, focused first on the safety of the crew, and now on protecting the natural environment and the safety of vessel operations”.

Brunswick is the second busiest hub in the US for the import and export of vehicles, machinery and other types of ro/ro cargo.

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.