BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Debris removal teams continue to recover debris from inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB). Once debris removal is complete, the EPB will be dismantled and removed.

DEBRIS REMOVAL UPDATE

Debris-removal personnel recovered 151 vehicles and 15 partial decks during operations to clear wreck debris and scour mitigation measures from inside the EPB. Response managers anticipate several more weeks of debris removal operations and additional equipment will enter the EPB to recover larger sunken pieces of the wreck. Engineering teams continue to conduct hydrographic surveys each week to assist the debris removal process. Survey analysis confirms no presence of debris along the seafloor outside of the barrier.

A debris removal team uses a multi-tine grapple attachment to recover sunken debris from inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) this week. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.


A response survey vessel deploys a sonar system to create multidimensional imagery of the seafloor around the Environmental Protection Barrier on Monday. The response engineering team has conducted hydrographic surveys every week throughout the Golden Ray removal process. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A color-shaded bathymetry image generated on Nov. 2, 2021 by hydrographic surveys of the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) shows the locations of sunken wreck-related debris and the outlines of scour mitigation measures implemented around the Golden Ray wreck in 2019 and 2020. Response engineers have used Edgetech 6205 side-scanning and CodaOctopus Echoscope multidimensional sonar equipment to map and monitor the seafloor weekly throughout the Golden Ray removal process. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A 176-ton hydraulic grab sits near a response facility south of Mayor’s Point Terminal on Monday. The response engineering team will use it during operations to recover sunken pieces of the side shell of the Golden Ray wreck that remain on the seafloor inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB). St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for any non-response vessel transiting outside the shipping channel. The Unified Command (UC) advises mariners to please steer clear of the perimeter to ensure the safety of our responders and the public. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs) around the wreck site and near response facilities is discouraged due to safety. UAVs are distractions that can lead to near misses, mishaps and injuries. Responders will report any sightings of drones and drone operators to local authorities.

ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE

An on-water response team recovers debris during clean-up operations inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) on Tuesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Composite image shows the progressive mitigation of oil impacts to marsh as a result of several treatments by the response Environmental Unit and natural attenuation. Shoreline treatments include manual recovery using hand tools and sorbent materials as well as applications of natural sphagnum moss coating and strategic vegetation cutting. Treatments are selected by the response Environmental Unit based on the ability to recover oil without damaging the area and to reduce any potential transfers to wildlife. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT) teams consisting of representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Responsible Party continue the comprehensive inspection process of beaches and marsh areas throughout the entire response-monitored shoreline. Each 500-meter segment of approximately 200 miles of shoreline must meet specific criteria established by the State of Georgia and the response Unified Command prior to the final demobilization of response resources. The process is expected to take several months after the clean-up of the wreck site and removal of the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB). For more information on the response SCAT process, watch this video Subject-matter Expert Overview - Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique.

Natural resource advisors continue to monitor for any potential impacts to wildlife and marine life. No wildlife impacts have been observed for several months and no marine mammal impacts have been observed throughout the response. Previously oiled marsh grass and rip-rap continue to show the natural attenuation of residual oil after multiple mitigation treatments to reduce any potential transfer to wildlife.

Pollution response teams continue to monitor for floating debris at the Environmental Protection Barrier. Survey teams continue to recover and document debris along shorelines and from marsh areas in the St. Simons Sound area in preparation for a long-term monitoring program with Georgia state officials. All debris is sorted, catalogued and disposed of according to the response debris plan. If you encounter what you believe is debris related to the Golden Ray, please do not handle the debris. Call the Debris Reporting Hotline at (912) 944-5620. Responders evaluate each report, survey the vicinity and recover any shipwreck debris in addition to their daily surveys of the water and the shoreline.

The response Environmental Unit continues to collect water samples in accordance with the response water sampling plan. Sample analysis continues to confirm no long-term impacts to water quality in the St. Simons Sound.

The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command is the official source of information for the Golden Ray wreck removal and response operations.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Wreck removal personnel removed the final section of the Golden Ray wreck on Monday. The response Unified Command and representatives from T&T Salvage and the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will give remarks at 10:00am, Tuesday.


Representatives for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response give remarks and answer questions in front of the final section of the Golden Ray wreck at Mayor's Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. The response team completed the largest wreck removal in U.S. history, Oct. 25, 2021, ensuring the safety of personnel and the public while safeguarding the environment and commerce in the port throughout the process.

Wreck removal personnel stow the final section of the Golden Ray wreck and transport it to a local facility for partial dismantling. Once partially dismantled, the wreck section pieces will be transloaded to container barges and shipped to a recycling facility in Louisiana. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The Barge Julie B departed with two sections of the wreck on Wednesday. The operation to remove the final section of the Golden Ray wreck continues.

REMOVAL UPDATE

Assisted by the T/V Zion, the Barge Julie B departed the Port of Brunswick loaded with two sections of the Golden Ray wreck on Wednesday. The sections will be processed at a recycling facility in Louisiana.

Wreck removal personnel continue to remove the final section of the Golden Ray wreck. A weight-shedding team removed 180 vehicles which will be transloaded onto containment trucks and processed at a local auto recycling facility. The salvage master and the response engineering team assessed the condition of the bottom of the section using hydrographic surveys and visual inspections on Wednesday. The condition of the section requires additional supports added to the cradle system. The section will be stowed and towed to a local response facility for partial dismantling once the construction of the additional supports is complete.

The Barge Julie B departs the Port of Brunswick loaded with two sections of the Golden Ray wreck on Wednesday bound for a recycling facility in Louisiana. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.


The weight-shedding team removes vehicles from the final section of the Golden Ray wreck on Wednesday. The vehicles are then transloaded into containment trucks and processed at a local auto recycling facility. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.

The weight-shedding team uses seawater from barge-mounted monitors to flush sediment from the final section of the Golden Ray wreck on Thursday in an effort to further reduce the weight of the section and ensure a safe removal operation. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Welders continue to fabricate the cradle system on Thursday designed to secure the final section of the Golden Ray wreck to a dry-dock barge. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The D/B THOR heavy lift vessel transits past several response vessels on-station around the Golden Ray wreck site on Thursday. The crane will be used to partially dismantle two sections of the wreck into smaller 200mt to 500mt pieces at a temporary response facility south of Mayors Point Terminal. The smaller pieces will then be transloaded onto container barges and shipped to a recycling facility in Louisiana. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for any non-response vessel transiting outside the shipping channel. The Unified Command (UC) advises mariners to please steer clear of the perimeter to ensure the safety of our responders and the public. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs) around the wreck site and near response facilities is discouraged due to safety. UAVs are distractions that can lead to near misses, mishaps and injuries. Responders will report any sightings of drones and drone operators to local authorities.

ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE

Members of the response environmental unit recover a piece of debris from the marsh adjacent to the Golden Ray wreck site on Tuesday. The response uses daily helicopter surveys to quickly locate any debris and alerts a nearby assessment team. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

On-water response teams maintain a 24-hour watch around the Golden Ray and they deploy pre-staged equipment and personnel to mitigate any oil discharges, sheens and debris observed. To learn more about the response on-water oil recovery program, watch this video Subject Matter Expert Overview – On-Water Oil Recovery Operations

Survey teams continue to recover debris along shorelines and from marsh areas in the vicinity of the wreck site. All debris is sorted, catalogued and disposed of according to the response debris plan. If you encounter what you believe is debris from the Golden Ray wreck, please do not handle the debris. Call the Debris Reporting Hotline at (912) 944-5620. Responders evaluate each report, survey the vicinity and recover any shipwreck debris in addition to their daily surveys of the water and the shoreline.

Shoreline assessment teams survey over 100 miles of shoreline and marsh areas weekly for any oil impacts. If you encounter residual oil on the shoreline or in the water, call the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.

Wildlife assessment teams continue to survey marsh areas and beaches throughout St. Simons Sound for any potential wildlife impacts. Oiled wildlife sightings have been minimal over the past month. If you encounter any oiled wildlife, do not attempt to capture it and report the sighting by calling (800) 261-0980.

Beaches remain open to the public and the Department of Health urges beach-goers to remain vigilant. For current beach and fishing safety information, please visit the Georgia Coast Health District website at the Georgia Coast Health District website.

Safety personnel continue to measure air quality in the community using stationary and mobile air monitoring equipment. Community air quality analysis and water sample analysis continues to confirm no exceedances of air and water quality standards. To learn more about the Air and Water quality monitoring program, watch this video Subject Matter Expert Overview – Air and Water Quality Monitoring

The Unified Command (UC) developed a multi-layer approach for observing, surveying, documenting and mitigating any releases of oil or debris during cutting and lifting operations. Recovery personnel are on-station at the Environmental Protection Barrier, at the shoreline and on the water around the Golden Ray shipwreck. Responders are maintaining protective boom at sensitive locations around St. Simons Sound.

The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command is the official source of information for the Golden Ray wreck removal and response operations.

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  • Public Information Inquiries:  912-944-7122

  • For current water and beach safety: Georgia Department of Public Health

  • Public Health Information: 844-863-0325

  • To report oiled wildlife:  800-261-0980

  • To report pollution:  800-424-8802

  • To report debris: 912-944-5620

  • Claims Information:  888-850-8486

  • Marine Safety Information Bulletin: MSIB 64-19]

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