The 2017-built, 7,700 ceu car carrier Golden Ray, which capsized near the American port of Brunswick earlier this month, has leaked oil during salvage operations to take bunker fuel from the stricken ship got underway.
The US Coast Guard has identified sporadic discharges from the ship.
“Shoreline impacts have been identified near Quarantine Island, Lanier Island, and the confluence of the Back, Mackay, and Frederica Rivers, with varying degrees of oil and sheen in the marshes, mitigation techniques are being evaluated,” the coast guard said.
The coast guard has deployed 5,300 ft of boom to protect the nearby islands and another 18,400 ft of boom is prepared.
The Golden Ray, owned by South Korea’s Hyundai Glovis, capsized on September 8 after it departed Brunswick, headed for Baltimore. All 24 crew members were rescued but the ship remains overturned in St Simons Sound.