BRUNSWICK, GA. (AP) – The wreckage of a cargo ship capsizing off the coast of Orgia reached its halfway point on Monday when a tower crane removed part of the ship’s engine room from the rest of the wreck to be transported by cargo ship.
On September 8, 2019, after leaving the port of Brunswick, the South Korean “Golden Ray” truck overturned. The cutting of eight giant pieces to remove the ship began almost six months ago, in November.
The command of the main rescue agency told reporters on Monday that the work would not be completed soon. They plan to work well until the Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on June 1.
“We will definitely be here for a few more months,” said Mauricio Garrido, president of T&T Salvage, a rescue contractor hired to sink. “It will be difficult to set a date.”
Prior to the demolition, the Golden Ray beam was 656 feet (199 meters) long, too large to be removed intact. Experts soon agreed on a plan to carve the ship into eight huge pieces, each weighing 4,100 tons (3,720 meters).
The crew was towed by a floating crane that uses a screw-and-pulley system attached to a 400-foot (122-meter) anchor chain to pull the hull with undisturbed force.
The command initially predicted that the demolition would take only eight weeks. But it passed much more slowly.
The engine room section, which was cut to the fourth, proved to be the most difficult. The crew began cutting the section in February: had to pause several times as its thicker, reinforced steel rings used to connect the cutting chain had to be serviced extensively.
They moved in March to cut another piece on the other side of the ship before resuming cutting the engine room, which ended over the weekend.
I need three more to break up the last four pieces.
“It would be unrealistic to expect the next three cuts to be flawless,” Garrido said. “I expect we will have new challenges.”
The wrecked area is surrounded by a net barrier designed to contain debris for cleaning after removing large sections. Skimmers ակները Suction booms equipped with booms remain in standby to clean up leaking oil or other contaminants.
The last cut cut the ship’s fuel line near the engine room. Although most of the fuel was siphoned off the ship before demolition began, officials estimated that up to 44,000 gallons (166,500 liters) could remain. Workers noticed some greasy discharge եր glitter after cutting the engine compartment և they were quickly cleaned. But no major leaks were reported.
“The impact on the environment was generally less significant than we feared,” said Doug Hayman, director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
About 4,200 cars were stored when the Golden Ray truck deck overturned. According to the multi-agency command, about 1,000 of these vehicles have been recovered, using a mechanical claw to remove them from the open ends of the ship, or fishing from the water.
At the same time, about 2,700 pounds of wreckage, mostly car parts, including bumpers, roof racks and cabins, were collected by coastal surveillance crews. The ship is owned by Hyundai Glovis.
Last year, the coronavirus epidemic ված stormy season caused the multidisciplinary command to delay the start of demolition operations from a few months from mid-July to early November.
Rescuers were confiscated at a nearby resort, with only 30 viral infections reported from about 7,500 people who worked at the crash site, the Coast Guard said. Efren Lopez.
He said the crews were ready to work during the storm season, stopping only if the storm threatened the Georgian coast. The ship, which sank partially off the island of St. Simmons, appears to be strong enough to withstand severe weather, he said, adding that crews will be able to evacuate and disperse debris if needed in the event of a storm.
“We are not going to stop the hurricane season,” Lopez said.