Capsized Cargo Ship in Georgia with 4,200 Cars Aboard Will Be Cut Into Pieces with a Giant Chain – The Drive

 

In case you haven’t kept up with the litany of recent automotive cargo ship disasters, the MV Golden Ray is a 656-foot-long car carrier built in 2017 at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. Shortly after midnight on September 8th, 2019, it started to list as it departed Georgia’s Port of Brunswick with a load of 4,200 new Hyundais and Kias and eventually capsized in shallow water.Thankfully all 24 people on board were rescued by the Coast Guard, but the ship? It’s still there, and after nearly a year, the salvage operation is about to begin, the Brunswick News reports. It involves a massive ship-cutting chain slicing through the entire vessel, cars and all, chopping it into smaller chunks that can be lifted onto barges and taken away. “We expect fires,” the operation’s director told the News.And if you’re wondering what a ship cutting chain looks like, you’re in good company because I was previously pondering the exact same thing. It’s pretty simple. A massive arch-shaped heavy lift vessel called the VB 10000 will park around the capsized ship, stretch a giant chain under it and start pulling back and forth as it twin winches lift slowly lift the chain. Sort of like a two-man saw, but for 650 foot-long cargo ships.

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