Four crew missing after Glovis car carrier capsizes at Port of Brunswick

Traffic at the Port of Brunswick was suspended yesterday as authorities raced to rescue crew from the 2017-built 7,700 ceu Golden Ray car carrier which was listing heavily and had caught fire in St Simons Sound, Georgia.

Authorities were notified of an incident involving the vessel around 2am Sunday morning local time. The vessel had departed Port of Brunswick, headed for Baltimore, when it started to list heavily.

US Coast Guard and other local agencies deployed multiple assets by sea and air as part of efforts to rescue the 23 crew and a pilot from the vessel. The coast guard says 20 people have been rescued so far, while four members of the crew are still unaccounted for.

Korean media is reporting that the four missing crew, all South Koreans, are believed to be trapped in the engine room.

Latest images show the vessel lying flat on its side in the sound, with no signs of continuing fire.

The Golden Ray is owned by South Korea’s Hyundai Glovis, the car shipping unit of Hyundai Motors. The company operates a fleet of around 60 vehicle carriers.


Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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