ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – Salvage crews have finished cutting the last two sections of a cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia two years ago, officials said Sunday.
The municipality with several authorities overseeing the demolition of the South Korean cargo ship Golden Ray said in a press release that the final cut was completed on Saturday. Both massive chunks await removal by barge from the water off St. Simons Island about 112 miles south of Savannah.
Golden Ray capsized quickly after leaving Brunswick Harbor with 4,200 vehicles in the cargo decks on September 8, 2019. Wednesday marks two years since the ship capsized.
Crews spent the last 10 months using a towering crane that slid over the shipwreck to cut it into eight giant sections — using anchor chain to tear through the hull like a blunt edged saw. Progress was slowed several times, especially when the shipwreck caught fire in May and in late July, when large amounts of oil flowed out of the ship’s remains and favored the coast.
Even after the last large pieces are gone, extensive cleaning of dirt that fell into the water during cutting and lifting of the larger sections still needs to be done.
Golden Ray had more than 4,200 cars and vehicles inside its cargo decks when it capsized on 8 September 2019 shortly after departing from Brunswick Harbor. The entire crew was rescued safely.
All carved segments of the ship are loaded on barges for transport to a scrap yard in Louisiana.