Preparations for third slicing of Golden Ray continue

Salvors continued last week to prepare for the third chain cut through the hull of capsized vehicles carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816).

Divers were removing debris and sediment that was blocking the cutting chain from entering the cut groove for the third cut, according to the response command. Crews were also working on the topside of the wreck to drill holes in order to perforate cut lines for the fourth cut in the series.

Strong currents at the wreck site in St Simon’s Sound, Brunswick, Gorgia, USA meant that dive operations were limited to slack tide conditions.

Sections Seven and Two will be loaded out on deck barges for transport to a recycling facility in Louisiana, repeating the method used for sections One and Eight.

However, for sections Three, Four, Five and Six the method will be different. Four  dry dock barges are on their way to St Simons Sound. They will be used to transport the inner sections to a nearby staging area for partial dismantlement. These disassembled segments will then be shipped to the recycling facility.

The two previous cuts have resulted in a limited release of petroleum and debris into the water. The next cut will pass through the engine room, with associated risk of fuel and lubricating oil spills.

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.