Along the way, Georgia’s wreck is about to be dismantled in the next few months

Brunswick, Georgia (AP) — The demolition of a overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast reached mid-Monday as a high-rise crane lifted the ship’s engine room section from the rest of the shipwreck and removed it with a barge.

Immediately after leaving Brunswick Port on September 8, 2019, the Korean cargo ship Golden Ray capsized. Nearly six months ago, in November, work began on cutting the ship into eight giant chunks and removing them.

Headquarters of several salvage agencies told reporters on Monday that the work would not be done soon. They plan to continue working well for the Atlantic Hurricane season starting June 1.

“We’ll definitely be here for a few more months, and it’s going to be difficult to date,” said Mauricio Galid, president of T & T Salvage, a salvage contractor hired to dismantle the wreckage. It was.

Before the dismantling began, the Golden Ray was 656 feet (199 meters) long and was too large to be removed. Experts quickly decided to cut the ship into eight large chunks, each weighing up to 4,100 tonnes (3,720 metric tonnes).

The crew straddles the ship with a floating crane that forcibly tears the hull using a winch and pulley system mounted on a 400-foot (122-meter) anchor chain.

Command first predicted Demolition t o It only takes about 8 weeks. But it’s much slower.

The engine room section (cut out fourth) proved to be much tougher. The crew began cutting that section in February and had to pause several times as the thicker reinforced steel snap links used to connect the cutting chains were used and forced extensive maintenance. had.

They cut another chunk on the other end of the ship in March and then resumed cutting the engine room, which ended on the weekend.

Three more cuts need to be made to divide the wreckage into the last four parts.

“It’s unrealistic to expect the next three cuts to go perfectly,” Garrido said. “We look forward to taking on new challenges.”

Wreck site Surrounded by a mesh barrier intended to contain debris for cleanup after a large section has been removed. Boats with skimmers and absorption booms are waiting to wipe off leaking oil and other contaminants.

The latest cut cut the fuel line of the ship near the engine room. Most of the fuel had been sucked up from the ship before the demolition began, but authorities estimated that up to 44,000 gallons (166,500 liters) could remain. After the engine room was cut out, workers discovered oily emissions and luster, which were quickly cleaned up. However, no major leaks have been reported.

“The impact on the environment as a whole was not as important as we were afraid,” said Doug Hayman, head of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The Golden Ray freight deck contained approximately 4,200 vehicles when capsized. Headquarters of several agencies estimate that approximately 1,000 of these vehicles were recovered by using mechanical claws to pull the vehicles out of the open end of the ship or by fishing them out of the water.

Meanwhile, about 2,700 pounds of debris from the wreck (mainly auto parts such as rear bumpers, roof mounts and cup holders) was collected by a crew exploring the coastline, said Tom Wiker of Gallagher Marine Systems. Hyundai Glovis, the shipowner.

Last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and busy hurricanes, several agencies delayed the start of demolition work by several months from mid-July to early November.

According to the Coast Guard Cmdr, rescue workers have been quarantined at a nearby resort and only 30 of the approximately 7,500 people who worked at the wreck have been reported to be infected with the virus. Efren Lopez.

He said the crew was ready to work throughout the hurricane season, pausing only if the storm threatened the Georgia coast. The part of the ship, partially submerged off St. Simons Island, appears to be stable enough to withstand bad weather, and after the storm, the crew fan out scattered debris as needed. Can be collected.

“We have no intention of shutting down for the hurricane season,” Lopez said.

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