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VB-10,000 Arrives at Port of Fernandina near site of M/V Golden Ray Salvage

Posted on July 3, 2020


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The twin-hull heavy lift vessel VB-10,000 uses its dynamic positioning system to maneuver into its mooring at the Port of Fernandina, Fla., July 3, 2020, for final modifications and function checks prior to heading to St. Simons Sound in early to mid-July. The two 255-foot tall gantries will use lengths of chain to cut the capsized vessel Golden Ray into eight pieces and lift them onto barges for eventual transportation to Louisiana for recycling. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller

Workers at the Port of Fernandina, Fla., pass mooring lines to the crew of the VB-10,000 after the twin-hull heavy lift vessel arrived there the morning of July 3, 2020. It will make final modifications to the rigging beams on its 255-foot tall gantries and conduct function checks prior to heading to St. Simons Sound in early to mid-July for the cutting and removal of the capsized vessel Golden Ray. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller

The 255-foot tall gantries of the VB-10,000 loom over the docks and workers of the Port of Fernandina, Fla., July 3, 2020, after the twin-hull heavy lift vessel moored there this morning. The configuration of the rigging beams underneath the top of the gantries will be modified to lift pieces of the Golden Ray’s hull from St. Simons Sound after winches on the sides of the forward gantry separate them from the capsized ship using 400-foot lengths of chain. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller