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Golden Ray Cargo Ship To Be Removed From Middle Of St. Simons Sound

St. Simons Sound Incident Response contractors remove a ramp from the motor vessel Golden Ray, near Brunswick, Georgia, Jan. 26, 2020. Contractors continue to work daily, weather permitting, on preparing the Golden Ray for removal—removing these ramps will improve safety conditions and expedite operations to cut the vessel into sections for removal.
St. Simons Sound Incident Response contractors remove a ramp from the motor vessel Golden Ray, near Brunswick, Georgia, Jan. 26, 2020. Contractors continue to work daily, weather permitting, on preparing the Golden Ray for removal—removing these ramps will improve safety conditions and expedite operations to cut the vessel into sections for removal.
Credit Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class James Himes

The Golden Ray cargo ship is one step closer to being removed from the middle of the St. Simons Sound.

As WABE’s Maria White Tillman reports, contractors are working to prepare the overturned vessel for removal from the waterway, near Brunswick Georgia.

The plan is to cut the barge into large sections and remove it piece by piece.

Most recently crews removed the side ramp of the Golden Ray and have been working on the stern ramp.

Removing these ramps will improve safety conditions and expedite operations to cut the vessel into sections for removal from St. Simon Sound.

Engineers are working with environmentalists to ensure there’s minimal damage to the environment and to the area’s ecosystem.

The Golden Ray cargo ship overturned in the St. Simons Sound last September with 4,200 automobiles in its cargo decks.

All crew members were rescued and the port reopened a few days later.