Lifting operations begin on final section of Golden Ray wreck

The vehicle carrier capsized more than two years ago off the coast of Georgia

(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — Wreck removal personnel began lifting section four, the final section of the Golden Ray wreck in St. Simons Sound, on Saturday. Pollution response teams recovered debris during lifting operations.

A weight-shedding team will remove several vehicles as required to reduce the overall weight of the section prior to landing it on a dry-dock barge. Once lifted, the salvage master and the response engineering team will assess the condition of the bottom of the section, survey any damage and potentially modify the cradle system to allow for the secure loading and transport of the section to a local response facility for partial dismantling.

Sea fastening to secure two wreck sections for an ocean transit continues aboard the barge Julie B. Once inspected and cleared for departure, the tugs will haul the barge to a recycling facility in Louisiana pending a favorable weather window.

– St. Simons Sound Incident Response

Previously in Professional Mariner:

NTSB: Inaccurate stability calculations caused Golden Ray to capsize 

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VB-10000 hoists the final section of the Golden Ray wreck out of St. Simons Sound on Saturday. St. Simons Sound Incident Response photo

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