Golden Ray Wreck Engulfed in Fire

3 mins read  Sealuminati TeamMay 17, 2021

Fire with thick black smoke broke out on Friday during wreck removal operations for the Golden Ray wreck in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.

As per the reports by St Simons Sound Incident Command, the fire broke out of hot work involved in pre-cutting operations on section three of the wreck.

Photo courtesy- St Simons Sound Incident Report Command

The fire fighting team has been done through the fire suppression system installed on the wreck itself. Moreover, crews on VB10000 and smaller “bear cub” tugs inside the Environmental Protection Barrier are also fighting the fire.

However, the exact cause of the fire is yet to be discovered said Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Himes, the spokesperson to the St. Simons Sound incident command. But, it arose during the pre-cutting operations.

The non-essential crew members were immediately evacuated out of VB10000 with no reported injuries as announced by the St. Simons Sound incident command.

Background of the Golden Ray Wreck

The Golden Ray after departing from the Port of Brunswick in September 2019 lost its stability and grounded in St. Simons Sound. It went aground with 4,200 vehicles it was carrying.

Photo courtesy- St Simons Sound Incident Report Command

T&T, a leading salvage company kicked off the wreck removal operation in early November 2020. The operation is being performed by VB 10000, a heavy lift vessel that has been primarily designed and modified to cut through the ship’s hull in seven places, separating the wreck into eight sections.

The wreck removal is under the charge of St Simons Sound Incident Command. prior to the Golden Ray wreck fire incident. St Simons Sound Incident command informed that the wreck removal of Golden Ray is going to take few more months.

To ensure proper environmental protection, the Golden Ray wreck removal has streamlined its operations with oil spill response and mitigation. The same is clocking outside the Environment Protection barrier under which the salvage team is performing the duties.