Slicing of the Golden Ray resumes after bad weather delay

The Unified Command (UC), which is in charge of the dismantling of capsized car carrier Golden Ray in St Simons Sound off the port of Brunswick, Georgia, USA, and which consists of the US Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems, have reported that the cutting of the wreck into eight sections has resumed. Bad weather last week forced a pause.

The Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) around the wreck and at sensitive areas around St Simons Sound, which had been removed prior to Tropical Storm Eta, has been redeployed.

Cutting operations resumed on Section One. During the enforced pause the responders were able to make modifications to the cutting apparatus, which should improve its performance.

The 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier has been increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The UC has also advised recreational mariners to keep clear of the perimeter.