A crew member’s error in calculating the burden of cargo on a ship loaded with hundreds of automobiles most definitely prompted the vessel to capsize off the east coast of the US.

The South Korean freighter, Golden Ray, keeled over again in 2019, and its wreck continues to be partially in situ within the waters off the state of Georgia.

It was loaded with round 4,200 automobiles, and the report by the US Nationwide Transportation Security Board estimates the incident prompted losses of $204m (£147.7m).

Fire fighters spray water into the cut away mid-section of the cargo vessel Golden Ray, Friday, May 14, 2021, Brunswick, Ga. The Golden Ray had roughly 4,200 vehicles in its cargo decks when it capsized off St. Simons Island on Sept. 8, 2019. Crews have used a giant gantry crane to carve the ship into eight giant chunks, then carry each section away by barge. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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The Golden Ray’s wreck continues to be partially in situ within the waters off the US state of Georgia. Pic: AP

The investigation by the NTSB echoed what an knowledgeable from the US Coast Guard established at a public listening to final yr – that the ship didn’t have sufficient water as ballast beneath decks.

This led to the 199 metre vessel being high heavy, and keeling over on 8 September 2019.

And the state of affairs was made worse by the very fact a door was left open on the decrease decks – permitting seawater to flood in.

Some members of the crew had been left stranded and needed to be saved from the engine room – though the whole crew had been finally rescued.

The ship had solely simply left the Port of Brunswick, and was 70 miles off the coast when its manoeuvring system failed.

The error in ballast, of round 1,500 tonnes – was most definitely resulting from an error by one of many senior members of crew.

The bow section of the vehicle carrier Golden Ray, with some of the 4,000 vehicles onboard, waits to be towed to a scrap yard, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Brunswick, Ga. The salvage operation uses a heavy lift twin gantries with a chain to cut the vessel into seven pieces before they are lifted onto a barge and scrapped. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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The South Korean freighter was loaded with round 4,200 automobiles. Pic: AP

“The chief officer made errors with the ballast tank degree information entry into the shipboard stability calculation pc,” the NTSB report stated, “which led to his incorrect dedication of the vessel’s stability”.

The chief officer studies to the captain of the ship, and the doc added he was not correctly skilled to make use of the software program concerned in calculating the ship’s stability.

For the reason that incident, the vessel’s operator, the G-Marine Service Firm, has elevated the coaching for its officers on calculating stability.

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Demolition of the Golden Ray started in November final yr. Pic: AP

Demolition of the ship started in November final yr, with huge, 122-metre-tall cranes getting used to help employees.

There have been numerous setbacks since then, together with fires and oil spills.

The world has been netted off from the encompassing ocean, as automobiles and different particles fall into the ocean in the course of the clearance.

Work is predicted to take a number of extra months.