ST. SIMONS, Ga — The heavy-lift vessel VB10,000 is set to arrive in St. Simons Sound as soon as Tuesday weather permitting. Responders will use the vessel to cut and lift the Golden Ray wreck in eight sections.

The U.S. flagged vessel will transit from the Port of Fernandina, Fla. to St. Simons Sound where it will cut and lift the Golden Ray wreck inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB). The vessel’s crew is sequestered in a health safety “bubble” to mitigate coronavirus exposure and ensure responder safety during removal operations. For a series of videos detailing each aspect of the response including the VB10,000, please go to https://www.stsimonssoundincidentresponse.com/subject-matter-expert-videos

“The arrival of the VB10,000 has been highly anticipated. It’s a very capable asset implementing the latest in heavy-lifting technology for marine environments,” said Cmdr. Efren Lopez, Federal On-Scene Coordinator. “The vessel is a critical component to our removal plan that ensures the safety of our responders and the public as we move forward and remove the Golden Ray.”

A 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) has been established. Mariners are advised to steer clear of the perimeter. Unauthorized flying of drones (UAVs) is prohibited around the wrecksite. Responders will report any sightings of drones and drone operators to local authorities.

The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command is the official source of information for the motor vessel Golden Ray response operations.

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ST. SIMONS, Ga — Responders will install pilings to secure VB10,000 in place during cutting operations. Pile driving will commence on Oct 18.

Responders are installing three pilings to complete the anchor array for the VB10,000 heavy-lift vessel. The VB10,000 will begin transiting to St. Simons Sound after the first piling is installed. Sound levels will be monitored at the wrecksite and the shoreline during pile driving to ensure the safety of workers and the public. Sound levels are expected to be negligible at the shoreline.

A 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) has been established. Mariners are advised to steer clear of the perimeter. Unauthorized flying of drones (UAVs) is prohibited around the wrecksite. Responders will report any sightings of drones and drone operators to local authorities.

The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command is the official source of information for the motor vessel Golden Ray response operations.

For more updates, please subscribe for email alerts at https://www.stsimonssoundincidentresponse.com/


Responders with the U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Gallagher Marine Systems practice Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) during training at Jekyll Island, Ga., on Oct. 7, 2020. SCAT is a flexible, scalable system designed to support decision-making for shoreline cleanup. St. Simons Sound Incident photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes. Link to image.


St. Simons Sound Incident Environmental Unit leader Todd Farrar demonstrates applications of Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) in the context of the St. Simons Sound environment to Georgia Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Coast Guard members during SCAT training on Oct. 7, 2020. SCAT teams collect data needed to develop a shoreline cleanup plan that maximizes the recovery of oiled habitats and resources, while minimizing the risk of injury from cleanup efforts. St. Simons Sound Incident photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes. Link to image.


St. Simons Sound Incident Environmental Unit leader Todd Farrar facilitates Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) team training for U.S. Coast Guard and Georgia Department of Natural Resources members at Jekyll Island, Ga., on Oct. 7, 2020. Members of a SCAT team may include federal, state, and responsible party representatives who use the collaborative, consensus-building approach to collect data about shoreline oiling conditions. St. Simons Sound Incident photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes. Link to image.


For a series of videos detailing each aspect of the response, please go to www.stsimonssoundincidentresponse.com/subject-matter-expert-videos.

KEY INFORMATION

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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

 

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Marine Safety Information Bulletin: MSIB 64-19