One more car cargo ship capsizes and this one was hauling 4,000 cars bound for the Middle East.
The M/V Golden Ray cargo ship (operated by Hyundai Glovis) carrying around 4,000 cars overturned at St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia. The South Korean cargo vessel was headed for the Middle East when it capsized. As far as media reports go, no exotic machines were part of the cargo that the ship was hauling.
All 24 members of the crew were successfully rescued by the United States Coast Guard. The extraction of 20 crew members was done quickly. But rescuing the remaining 4 took some time as they were trapped inside the ship.
While the actual details on the brands of cars which were part of the consignment are yet to come out, initial reports suggested that they were Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Whether the cars have been completely destroyed or not is still unclear. The ship didn’t sink after all, and unlike the March 2019 Grande America incident, the cars are not lost to the ocean as such.
Built in 2017, the Golden Ray has the capacity to haul 6,933 vehicles. The cargo vessel is owned by GL NV24 Shipping and operated by Hyundai Glovis. A thorough investigation will commence soon to find out why the ship fell on its port side before venturing out into the open ocean.