Removal of Golden Ray cargo ship off Georgia coast is the biggest operation in US historyOctober 28, 2021
A Coast Guard official on Tuesday gave an update on the removal of the Golden Ray cargo shipwreck, calling it the U.S. Said to be the largest expulsion of a ship in history.
With more than 3 million combined man-hours, the 656-foot-long cargo ship carrying 4,100 vehicles was decommissioned on Monday before capsizing in St. Simons Sound off the Georgia coast in September 2019.
Officials said the evacuation was “a difficult and complex operation” and that its operation required maritime experts and engineers from around the world, Commander Efrain Lopez, the US Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator, said in a Tuesday update.
In this September 9, 2019 photo, a Moran tugboat capsizes near the stern of cargo ship Golden Ray, as rescuers can be seen near the bottom of the tugboat near St. Simons Island, Ga.
“We have achieved a great achievement. In the last two years, we have rescued 23 crew members, four of whom were trapped inside the engine compartment for more than 30 hours, no one was in danger of life. We have now completed the largest debris removal in American history,” Lopez said during a news conference in Brunswick, Ga.
An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the crew operating the ship made incorrect calculations about the ship’s stability. Their findings also led to the conclusion that two watertight doors had been left open, leading to flooding after the ship sank.
As part of the recovery and cleanup effort, the crew removed 8,000 pounds of the shipwreck from sea and shore areas to remove 9,500 pounds of ordinary waste that existed before the wreck occurred.
According to CNN, workers began disassembling the ship in February 2020, removing 45,000 tons of material in the process.
With the debris now gone, environmental officials said it may take some time for St. Simon Sound to return to its former glory.
“While the threat of (the) pollution is decreasing, it has not been eliminated,” said John Maddox, emergency response manager for the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Feather. At 1 a.m. on September 8, 2019, the Golden Ray left the Port of Brunswick after a night of unloading and loading vehicles bound for Baltimore. As the ship was turning to the right, it quickly began to tile to its left before capsizing in port. An estimated $142 million worth of merchandise was destroyed.