The operator of the ship also had no procedures to verify the chief officer’s calculations, so the operator and master of the ship didn’t know the Golden Ray was sailing without meeting stability requirements, the NTSB said.
The Golden Ray left the Port of Brunswick at 1 soy. en septiembre 8, 2019, after unloading and loading vehicles and was on its way to Baltimore. As the vessel made a turn to the right, it heeled quickly to its left side, eventually settling at an angle of 90 degrees, the NTSB report said.
en un public hearing last year
, Capitán. Jonathan Tennant
, who steered the ship out of the port
, said everything seemed normal before it capsized
The other crew members were South Korean nationals. The first engineer on the ship, Junyong Kim — who was the last person to be rescued — also said nothing seemed out of the ordinary until the ship turned sideways.
After the distress call
, first responders began arriving shortly after 2 soy. with vessels from the Coast Guard and Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a Coast Guard helicopter
. Por 6:45 soy., they had rescued
20 crew members
, and it took until the evening of the following day for first responders to rescue the four who were trapped
Two crew members were seriously injured, the NTSB said.
The NTSB’s recommendations
As a result of its investigation, the NTSB recommended that the operator of the vessel, G-Marine Service Co. Ltd., create procedures for verifying stability calculations before a vessel leaves port.
It also recommended the company verify the crew follows a departure checklist regarding the closing of watertight doors.
On the Golden Ray, the NTSB found, “the two watertight doors had been left open for almost 2 hours before the accident. sin embargo, no one on the bridge ensured that the doors were closed before departure from the port.”