Demolition starts on cargo ship stranded 14 months off Georgia

Demolition starts on cargo ship stranded 14 months off Georgia

Caption: Demolition starts on cargo ship stranded 14 months off Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WSAV) – Crews began cutting operations on the bow section of the Golden Ray cargo ship on Friday morning.

St. Simons officials say approximately 25 hours into the cut, the cutting chain broke. There were no injuries or additional damage to equipment. Responders retrieved the chain and repaired the broken link.

Deputy Incident Commander Tom Wiker of Gallagher Marine Systems said, “The cutting process was carefully engineered and modeled, but it remains a highly complex operation. This is the first of seven cuts. During each cut we will continue fine-tuning our cutting parameters, including speed and tension of the chain, to improve its efficiency. Though the cut is taking longer than expected, we’re gaining valuable knowledge that will guide the rest of this operation.”

Unified Command says it is closely monitoring possible bad weather as operations continue.