Hyundai Glovis hit with $3m fine over Golden Ray capsizing

Environmental regulators from the American state of Georgia have decided to fine Korean shipowner Hyundai Glovis $3m over the 2019 capsizing of the Golden Ray car carrier.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division said that pollutants, petroleum products and debris from the ship, which capsized on September 8, 2019, carrying 4,100 cars, shortly after departing the Port of Brunswick.

After more than two years, the last remains of the Golden Ray car carrier were removed from the Saint Simons Sound late last month, the largest wreck removal operation in the history of the United States.

The capsizing was caused by incorrect calculations about the vessel’s stability, the National Transportation Safety Board said in September.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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