Golden Ray, the ill-fated bulk carrier that capsized in September 2019 with 4,200 vehicles on board, caught fire on Friday afternoon.
Thick black smoke began billowing outside the Golden Ray shipwreck on Friday afternoon as it was half-disassembled off the coast of St. Simons, Georgia. It is noted that the fire began when the crews were testing fire extinguishing systems, preparing to cut through the third of the eight sections of the ship. This is the first time a major fire has occurred since the start of the rescue operation, and it overshadows the fires that occurred during the capsizing of the ship.
The exact source of the fire is unknown, although the third section is indeed part of the ship’s fuel system. Moreover, representatives of the joint command calculated during a briefing on April 26 that in the worst-case scenario, the ship could carry up to 44,000 gallons of fuel; more than 320,000 gallons were dumped prior to cutting operations.
Gallagher Marine continued cutting and scrapping the MV Golden Ray car carrier ship that wrecked on September 8, 2019 near Brunswick, Georgia, USA. There are 4.2 thousand Hyundai and Kia cars on the ship, of which only 220 were able to get it.
MV Golden Ray is a 200 meter long cargo ship that was built at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. A forensic analysis by the US Coast Guard showed that Golden Ray took 1,000 tons more cargo. Meanwhile, just before arriving in Brunswick, he dumped at least 1,500 metric tons of ballast water. This mass could counterbalance the severe heel experienced by the ship during its exit to the Atlantic Ocean.