The Golden Ray
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The Golden Ray

A salvage company suing to halt removal of a capsized cargo ship along the Georgia coast appears to be backing off claims that sawing the vessel into huge chunks would threaten the environment.

Officials from the salvage firm Donjon-SMIT acknowledged Tuesday in U.S. District Court that they would be willing to dismantle the ship using the same method their lawsuit condemns.

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Judge Lisa Godbey Wood told attorneys she was surprised after court filings sought an injunction against a competing salvage company on the grounds of averting an environmental disaster.

The Golden Ray overturned near St. Simons Island in September with 4,200 cars in its cargo decks.