Lightering of Golden Ray Completed inSt Simons Sound
All oil aboard the reversed automobile service provider Golden Ray has actually currently been eliminated, theSt Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command stated Monday, a significant landmark in the salvage of the vessel greater than 3 months after its grounding,
During the lightering procedure, salvage employees as well as scuba divers had the ability to get to 26 gas storage tanks inside the Golden Ray in order to pump gas right into a barge for appropriate disposal. With several of the storage tanks immersed, they can just be gotten to by rappelling as well as performing dive procedures inside the wreckage. The inside of the storage tanks were after that cleaned with vapor to eliminate recurring gas, which was gathered as well as moved right into containers.
More than 320,000 gallons of oil as well as water blend were eliminated, the Unified Command stated.
The Unified Command, nevertheless, proceeds the forensic examination in order to establish a precise quantity of gas onboard at the time of the case as well as the quantity released.
“I’d like to thank the over 500 women and men who assisted in every aspect of this successful operation,” stated Chris Graff ofGallagher Marine Systems “We’ve relied on the Brunswick community and experts around the world to reach this point and are grateful to all those who contributed”
Due to the ecological danger, the salvage will certainly contain getting rid of all freight as well as elements from the vessel as well as sufficing up in position inSt Simons Sound.
To enhance the security of the wreckage, Unified Command has actually started the elimination of the vessel’s prop, prop shaft as well as tail, which evaluates a total amount of about 130 bunches.
“Due to the vessel’s orientation on its side, these components are creating a load which the vessel was not designed to support,” stated Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Winston, Unified Command Salvage Branch supervisor. “Imagine holding a milk jug with an outstretched arm compared to the same weight hanging at your side. Removing these components will help reduce the stresses on the hull. This operation will help sustain the integrity of the wreck while we prepare for its full removal.”
The Golden Ray was bring concerning 4,200 cars when it shed security as well as based inSt Simons Bay as it left Georgia’s Port of Brunswick on September 8th. Twenty- 3 staff participants as well as one pilot were left securely.
“The completion of the fuel removal allows the Unified Command to move on to our ultimate goal of safely removing the wreck of the Golden Ray. Removal of the vessel will be a highly complex and challenging operation,” stated Commander Matt Baer, UNITED STATECoast Guard “Unified Command will take every possible measure to ensure the safety of those involved in the operation, the public and the environment.”