BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Salvage operations of the huge Golden Ray ship from St. Simons Sound proceed as a part of the response workforce concentrates on the environmental influence.

As an enormous crane continues to make use of an enormous chain to slice by the strong metal hull of the automobile service that overturned whereas crusing out of the Port of Brunswick in September 2019, video shared by Incident Response exhibits responders releasing a rehabilitated laughing gull that was present in an oil assortment gadget.

“What really makes this response distinctive and totally different is that this specific ship lies in an environmentally delicate physique of water with plenty of marsh and shoreline surrounding it and it’s proper subsequent to a significant transport channel for the state of Georgia,” U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Himes stated.


One other part of the shipwreck is on a barge making its technique to a Louisiana recycling plant whereas crews use a brand new slicing chain into the grove to chop off one other piece of the ship — one closest to the engine room. What lies beneath the ship is one other concern.

Video posted on TikTok exhibits automobiles within the stomach of the ship tumbling onto the seafloor after one of many earlier cuts.

“We anticipate the bulk (of the automobiles) to be eliminated after the wreck is eliminated,” Himes stated. “Nonetheless, there could also be alternatives for our groups to soundly go in there and take away particles when doable.”

Himes says the automobiles are sitting within the safety barrier and groups on the water and shoreline are monitoring and recovering particles, together with car components.

As a result of the Port of Brunswick has a number of the highest tide ranges on the East Coast, plenty of water strikes out and in every day, so crews are monitoring for any oil that escapes that safety barrier.

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