Dire warning in ship salvage lawsuit not repeated in court
Added 02-25-20 07:35:02pm EST - “Officials for a salvage company suing to halt demolition of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast appeared to back away Tuesday from claims that sawing the vessel into enormous chunks would cause an "environmental catastrophe."” - Washingtontimes.com
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Officials for a salvage company suing to halt demolition of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast appeared to back away Tuesday from claims that sawing the vessel into enormous chunks would cause an “environmental catastrophe.”
Officials from the salvage firm Donjon-SMITH told a U.S. District Court judge they would be willing to dismantle the South Korean freighter Golden Ray using the same large-scale method their written lawsuit condemns as too risky. The ship remains off St. Simons Island, where it capsized Sept. 5 after departing the Port of Brunswick with 4,200 automobiles in its cargo decks.
Judge Lisa Godbey Wood has treated the suit filed Feb. 13 with a sense of urgency as the multi-agency team overseeing removal of the ship prepares to start cutting it apart in May. Wood told Donjon-SMIT officials and their attorneys several times that differences between their testimony and their written legal filings caught her by surprise.
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“I felt like you were rushing into court because you felt we were heading into large-scale environmental destruction,” Wood said.
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