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Golden Ray to be scrapped in place....

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Oscarvan, Oct 19, 2019.

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  1. Oscarvan

    Oscarvan Senior Member

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    Wonder if there is a clean path anywhere there.... Engine, multiple generators (and they are not small) prop shaft, big pumps, lots of heavy decking and supports...... all that with a dull "chain saw".
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    I believe they've already tried in this area with issues. It would be really funny if after all this the chain can't cut this stuff. That would be a real problem since it's not like refloating is now an option.
  3. NYCAP123

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    Chain saws for cutting steel??? I'd assume that motors and such will be taken out whole as they're salvageable.
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    How to get motors out would be the big question. Doubtful they'd be salvagable as it's been over a year now.
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    With the equipment and the size of the pieces I see I doubt the motors would be much trouble. And it's amazing what an oil bath can do.
  6. MBevins

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    You really couldn't put people inside that hull , there's to much stuff moving around. Like cars and equipment. It's not like you can just reach in and pick those engines up with a broderson.
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    Of course people are working inside. Riggers, welders, engineers and safety people are all over it. Before they cut off a hunk of hull they have to know that a car isn't going to come tumbling out. Yes it's dangerous work. That's why they get the big bucks.
  8. Oscarvan

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    Hmmmm, there ARE cars tumbling out. Look at the Minorcan Mullet videos, laying on the deck of the barge after they slide out. Have NOT seen any reports of personnel inside since the cutting process started. The whole scene is unstable and extremely hazardous. I watch the progress daily.
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    There is no way anyone is working inside with all the wreckage and the risk of collapse. This seems to be strictly an outside process.

    I am Surprised they’re suing what seems to be plain chain, without any sharp edges
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    It's definitely an interesting process, I will say that.
  11. Capt Ralph

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    The web site shows a bunch of pictures, I'm on a mail list that shows more.
    It is all just used old anchor rode collected from de-commissioned ships or deemed stressed beyond use (scrap & surplus).
    I have noticed some sections with old paint.
    As I mentioned in post #140, the chain tears and rips, not cut.
  12. Capt Ralph

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    Yep, there are divers in that wreck. From my update;

    Operations to align the cutting chain in the cut groove for Section Seven continue at the Golden Ray wreck site. Divers and responders aboard the VB-10000 completed the process of feeding a new chain into the separation between Section Seven and Section Six on Friday. Response engineers are using shots of R5 anchor chain which is the highest standard for off-shore mooring chains. Once aligned, cutting operations to completely separate Section Seven will resume. Collected data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys confirms that the wreck remains stable.

    Responders removed approximately 100 vehicles from Section Seven and approximately 120 vehicles from Section Three during weight-shedding operations throughout the week. Weight-shedding is a multi-strategy approach which includes tactics such as vehicle and deck removal, drilling additional drainage holes and using water streams to mitigate increased weight in the sections due to large accumulations of sediment.
  13. Oscarvan

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    The longer you wait the heavier she gets.... ouch.
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    REMOVAL UPDATE



    Cutting operations to separate Section Seven from the remainder of the Golden Ray wreck concluded on Saturday. Wreck removal personnel will prepare the section for lifting operations by removing vehicles, moveable decks and sediment similar to previous weight-shedding operations. Once lifted, Section Seven will be loaded onto a barge and secured for transit to a facility at Mayors Point Terminal to undergo sea-fastening for an ocean transit to Louisiana. Collected data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys confirms that the remaining wreck is stable.



    To learn more about wreck removal operations, please watch this video Subject Matter Expert Overview – Wreck Removal Operations
  15. Oscarvan

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    Wonder if we'll be able to see what gave them so much trouble getting through this when they move it and we're looking at the cut face of section 6.
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    Crank shaft between #1 & #2 cylinders is my SWAG.
    During one PR, unexpected hull reinforcements was to blame.
    Looking forward to that open end picture also.
  17. Oscarvan

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    They were also having trouble at the chines with this cut. Suspect, at least I would hope, there was some "beef" where all that machinery lived.
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    Where's da beef?
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    Section 7 is up. I was expecting to see some big engine parts.
    What did I miss?
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    Wonder what the other end of cut 7 looks like since that was where the difficult cut was from section 6.