Vehicle carrier catches fire near Georgia, USA

Traffic at the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, USA, was suspended on Sunday September 8th as 23 crew from stricken vehicle carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816), plus a pilot, awaited rescue. The vessel was listing heavily after catching fire in St Simons Sound, Georgia.

The incident was first reported at around 02:00 local time on Sunday morning. The vessel was en route from the Port of Brunswick to Baltimore when it started to list heavily.

The US Coast Guard said yesterday that 20 people had been rescued so far, while four members of the crew were still unaccounted for. South Korean media reported that the four missing crew, all South Koreans, were believed to be trapped in the engine room.

The vessel’s master and chief engineer were assisting the authorities and salvage teams to develop plans to stabilize the vessel and continue rescue efforts.

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.