Eighth Lifting Lug Installed on Golden Ray Wreck

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 7, 2020

(Unified Command photo by USCG Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

(Unified Command photo by USCG Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

T&T Salvage installed the eighth lifting lug on the M/V Golden Ray, a roll-on, roll-off vessel that ran aground and overturned near the Port of Brunswick in Georgia in September.

In total, 16 lugs will be installed: two on each of the eight sections of the Korean-owned car carrier, which rests on its side in St. Simons Sound.

The Golden Ray will need to be dismantled in place and removed in pieces because the vessel, in its current position and condition, would not be able to support the stress exerted on the hull and keel during parbuckling operations.

The lifting lugs will be used as a connection point between the rigging of the Versabar VB-10,000 twin-gantry catamaran, and each section of the M/V Golden Ray. The lugs are designed to distribute the weight of each particular section during the cutting and lifting operation.

The Marshall-Islands-flagged car carrier has been aground on its side outside the nation's second largest car carrier port since it capsized shortly after leaving the Port of Brunswick en route to Baltimore on September 8. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The ship’s pilot and 23 crew members were all recovered safely, including four crew members trapped inside the vessel for 35 hours before they could be rescued through a hole drilled into the hull.

(Unified Command photo by USCG Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

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