The Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) salvage team led by Unified Command (UC), has said that the heavy-lift vessel VB-10,000 is set to arrive in St Simons Sound, off Brunswick, Georgia, USA, as soon as Tuesday October 27th, weather permitting. Responders will use the vessel to cut and lift the wreck of the capsized car carrier in eight sections.
The catamaran VB-10,000 is the largest heavy-lift vessel ever built in the US. The twin-gantry, twin-barge will transit from the Port of Fernandina, Florida to St. Simons Sound where it will cut and lift the Golden Ray wreck inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB).
Cmdr. Efren Lopez, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, said that “the arrival of the VB-10,000 has been highly anticipated. It’s a very capable asset implementing the latest in heavy-lifting technology for marine environments. The vessel is a critical component to our removal plan that ensures the safety of our responders and the public as we move forward and remove the Golden Ray.”
A 150-yard safety zone around the EPB has been established and mariners have been advised to steer clear of the perimeter. Unauthorized flying of drones around the site is prohibited.
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.