Oil from capsized car carrier reaches US shoreline

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Oil from a car carrier that capsized off the coast of Georgia in early September has reached several parts of the state’s shoreline, according to local media reports.

The Marshall Islands-flagged Golden Ray – which is operated by South Korean logistics company Hyundai Glovis – overturned with a fire on board in St. Simons Sound on 8 September. At the time of the incident, there were 23 crew members and a pilot on the ship, all of whom were subsequently rescued.

About 300 responders are currently reported to be at the scene, and more than 5,500 ft of oil-absorbent boom is being used to try to keep the oil spillage under control. An additional 18,400 ft of boom is on hand for use as needed. Crews are also working around the clock to remove an oily water mixture from the 656 ft vessel’s engine room.

However, shoreline effects from the wreck have now been observed near Quarantine Island, Lanier Islands, Bird Island, and the confluence of the Back, Mackay, and Frederica rivers. There is also said to be a visible oil sheen in nearby marshes.

According to the cleanup officials cited in local media, it could be months before Golden Ray can be removed from the sound. The vessel was bound for Baltimore, Maryland, when it capsized.