A specialised heavy lift crane vessel began cutting the bow section of the Korean-owned capsized car carrier Golden Ray last week, as salvage crews begin to remove the overturned vessel from Georgia’s St. Simons Sound.

The Golden Ray is a roro vessel that capsized after leaving the Port of Brunswick in September 2019. Over 12 months later, it will now be dismantled and cut in situ and removed section by section.

Heavy lift vessel VB 10,000 has two 255-foot tall gantries that will use lengths of chain to cut the vessel into eight pieces and lift them onto barges for transportation to Gibson, La. for recycling. Sections containing cars will be unloaded in a drydock near the wreck site prior to being transported to Louisiana.

The recovery operation is expected to take a further 8 weeks.

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