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    Default Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    A Versabar unique VB 10,000, heavy lifting vessel will be used. It is equipped with a diamond-encrusted cutting chain that will make seven cuts in the 656 ft hull creating eight sections. Each section will weigh between 2700-4100 tons. Sections will be transported by barge to an off-site recycling location. People close by are being alerted to the inevitable noise that will be generated by the cutting process.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Will those cars onboard get cut also if they are in the path of the chain?

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Very similar to the removal of a sunken car transporter a few years ago in the English Channel. It had over 3,000 BMWs on board, and was sliced in sections- I think it might be the same outfit.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    St. Simons Sound Wreck Removal Animation



    As workers cut off a slice, it’s lifted out of the water so as to go on a barge that will then take the slice down to a facility in Louisiana for recycling.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Will those cars onboard get cut also if they are in the path of the chain?
    The fate of the automobiles was not mentioned, but they are still aboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Very similar to the removal of a sunken car transporter a few years ago in the English Channel. It had over 3,000 BMWs on board, and was sliced in sections- I think it might be the same outfit.
    I think you're correct. The incident you mentioned was referenced and the cutting device is said to be unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Will those cars onboard get cut also if they are in the path of the chain?
    does it matter? The parts on those cars are useless at this point. It will just be a matter of containing the inevitable contaminants and sending the whole lot to be recycled into razor blades
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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Did they ever figure out how it tipped over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    does it matter? The parts on those cars are useless at this point. It will just be a matter of containing the inevitable contaminants and sending the whole lot to be recycled into razor blades
    4000 cars each with about 2 gallons of gas plus oil, transmission fluid etc. That chain saw will probably be making some sparks. That engine in that ship is probably still pretty valuable if it could come out in one piece and if it hasn't been sitting under water.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Did they ever figure out how it tipped over?
    Either a problem with loading or ballasting.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Did they ever figure out how it tipped over?
    There are also reports of a fire.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    I think that was after it tipped, and was some of the cars.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    It looks as though the definitive report is yet to be published.
    https://safetyatsea.net/news/2019/se...den-ray-probe/
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    This showed up on my YouTube a week or so ago. This guy has been videoing the Golden Ray site about every day. Recently, they have been pulling cars out of the ship.


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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Impressive piece of kit.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    They finished cutting another section off this morning. This section contains the engine and was started on months ago.

    https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/lo...ec9ecff26.html

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    OIL...on June1, 2021


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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    Final cut completed.


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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    That's a lot of scrap metal!
    I wonder how they are doing chopping up the sections and getting rid of the cars?
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    The ship sections are going to Modern American Recycling Services in Gibson, Louisiana. I wonder how much damage Ida did there. They have been pulling some of the cars out at Brunswick. I don't know where those are going.

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    NTSB Determines Inaccurate Stability Calculations Caused Capsizing of Vehicle Carrier Golden Ray


    The NTSB determined the probable cause of the capsizing of the Golden Ray was the chief officer’s error entering ballast quantities into the stability calculation program, which led to his incorrect determination of the vessel’s stability and resulted in the Golden Ray having an insufficient righting arm to counteract the forces developed during a turn while transiting outbound from the Port of Brunswick through St. Simons Sound. Contributing to the accident was G-Marine Service Co. Ltd.’s (the vessel’s operator) lack of effective procedures in their safety management system for verifying stability calculations.

    The NTSB concluded the Golden Ray did not meet international stability standards at departure and possessed less stability than the chief officer calculated.

    According to the NTSB, after the vessel capsized, open watertight doors allowed flooding into the vessel, which blocked the primary egress from the engine room, where four crewmembers were trapped. Two watertight doors had been left open for almost two hours before the accident. No one on the bridge ensured that the doors were closed before departing the port.

    “The circumstances of this accident show that even when transiting in protected waters, watertight integrity is critical to the safety of the vessel and its crew,” the report said. “It is essential that the operator ensure that crews verify that all watertight doors are closed in accordance with safety management system procedures.”

    As a result of its investigation, the NTSB issued two safety recommendations to G-Marine Service Co. Ltd.:

    Revise its safety management system to establish procedures for verifying stability calculations and implement audit procedures to ensure their vessels meet stability requirements before leaving the port; and
    Revise its safety management system audit process to verify crew adherence to the Arrival/Departure Checklist regarding the closure of watertight doors.

    The public docket for the investigation contains more than 1,700 pages of factual information, including interview transcripts, photographs and other investigative materials and is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xFKfT.

    The Marine Accident Report is available at https://go.usa.gov/xMWcn​.

    The Golden Ray sustained significant damage due to fire, flooding and saltwater corrosion and was declared a total loss estimated at $62.5 million. An estimated $142 million worth of cargo, including more than 4,100 vehicles, was also lost.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    The interview with the chief officer is disturbing. Not much training. 3 hours on the cargo/stability program at handoff? Or situational awareness. Or backup. In fairness, maybe it was a language barrier.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    $200 million+ for ship and cargo. I wonder what the final bill for the removal and cleanup will add to that.

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    Default Re: Golden Ray removal from Georgia's Port of Brunswick shipping channel.

    That was one expensive math error.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    The interview with the chief officer is disturbing. Not much training. 3 hours on the cargo/stability program at handoff? Or situational awareness. Or backup. In fairness, maybe it was a language barrier.
    How much would adequate training have cost?
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    Wrapping up the wreck cleanup.

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