BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders removed Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck from the Golden Ray wreck site on Wednesday.

REMOVAL UPDATE

Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck transited to a response facility at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga to undergo sea-fastening for ocean transit on Wednesday. Once secured for ocean transit, the JULIE B will depart Brunswick enroute to the ship recycling facility in Louisiana.

Responders continue preparations on the VB-10000 to resume cutting Section Seven. Response engineers continue to collect data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys and they confirm that the wreck remains stable.

VIDEO OF SECTION TWO TRANSIT

Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck transits to a response facility at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga for further sea-fastening to prepare for an ocean transit to a ship recycling facility in Gibson, La. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.

Response safety personnel observe Section Two as it transits through the shipping channel to Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. for further sea-fastening on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The Tugs Crosby Star, Caitlin, and Kurt Crosby assist the Barge Julie B loaded with Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck enroute to a response facility at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. for further sea-fastening on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The 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

Aerial image of a Current Buster attached to an apex of the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) around the Golden Ray wreck site. The EPB was designed to use the natural movement of currents in St. Simons Sound to channel any oil and debris on the surface of the water towards two apexes equipped with containment devices called Current Busters. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders deploy containment boom around the Barge Julie B at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

VIDEO OF BOOM DEPLOYMENT AROUND SECTION TWO

Responders feed containment boom to a response vessel which places the boom around the Barge Julie B at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.

Response managers from Gallagher Marine Systems and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division inspect Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders from the U.S. Coast Guard search marsh wrack for any debris and oiled material during a routine shoreline survey along East Beach at St. Simons Island, Ga. on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

State On-scene Coordinator John Maddox from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division observes SCAT team leader Amber Graff recovering a piece of debris during a routine shoreline survey along East Beach at St. Simons Island, Ga. on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

SCAT team leader Amber Graff of Gallagher Marine Systems records a piece of debris during a routine shoreline survey along East Beach at St. Simons Island, Ga. on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders recover a piece of plastic debris along East Beach at St. Simons Island, Ga. during a routine shoreline survey on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders continue to observe and recover oil sheens and debris on the water around the wreck site. Natural Resource Advisers continue to monitor wildlife and marine life in the vicinity response operations. Survey teams continue to assess the shoreline to find and remove any debris or other environmental impacts. 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. If you encounter residual oil on the shoreline or in the water, please call the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.

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 (EPB), 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 motor vessel Golden Ray response operations.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders lifted Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck onto the Barge JULIE B on Tuesday.

VIDEO OF LIFT

Responders lift and lower Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck onto the Barge JULIE B and commence ballasting operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.

The section will undergo preliminary sea-fastening for a transit to a response facility at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. Once secured for ocean transit, the JULIE B will depart Brunswick enroute to the ship recycling facility in Louisiana.

Following the removal of Section Two, the VB-10000 will prepare to resume cutting Section Seven. Divers continue operations to insert the cutting chain back into the cut groove for Section Seven. Response engineers continue to collect data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys and they confirm that the wreck remains stable.

Response managers from the U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Gallagher Marine Systems observe Section Two lifting operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A responder monitors Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck as it contacts the custom-made cradle on board the Barge JULIE B. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders begin preparations to remove Section Two by barge from the St. Simons Sound. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The 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

Responders clear marsh rack from around the Environmental Protection Barrier during Section Two lifting operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders deploy pre-staged protective boom near King Creek along St. Simons Island to mitigate potential environmental impacts during Section Two lifting operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A responder recovers debris in the vicinity of the Golden Ray wreck site during Section Two lifting operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders continue to observe and recover oil sheens and debris on the water around the wreck site. Natural Resource Advisers continue to monitor wildlife and marine life in the vicinity response operations. Survey teams continue to assess the shoreline to find and remove any debris or other environmental impacts. 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. If you encounter residual oil on the shoreline or in the water, please call the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.

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 (EPB), 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 motor vessel Golden Ray response operations.

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

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders completed cutting operations on Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck on Monday.

Removal Update

Responders separated Section Two from the Golden Ray wreck on Monday. The section will be lifted onto the Barge JULIE B for preliminary sea-fastening for a transit to a response facility at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. Once secured for ocean transit, the JULIE B will depart Brunswick enroute to the ship recycling facility in Louisiana.

“Section Two was cut and separated in seven days without any unplanned stoppages” said Incident Commander Chris Graff of Gallagher Marine Systems. “The speed of this cut was a result of the structural characteristics of the section combined with the cutting technique and pre-cutting operations.”

Following the removal of Section Two, the VB-10000 will prepare to resume cutting Section Seven. Divers continue operations to insert the cutting chain back into the cut groove for Section Seven. Response engineers continue to collect data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys and they confirm that the wreck remains stable.

The cutting chain completely separates Section Two from the remaining Golden Ray wreck. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The 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

A responder holds a piece of shipwreck debris recovered from St. Simons Sound during routine operations. Responders on the water and at the shoreline communicate closely within a standardized system designed to identify, mitigate and forecast any further debris impacts. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Response vessels hold position outside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) to recover any oil and debris at the water’s surface. The vessels are a critical dynamic component of the overall response environmental defense system which monitors and mitigates any environmental impact from the wrecksite to the shoreline. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A hydrographic survey vessel collects information to create imagery of the seabed around the Golden Ray wreck. Responders use the hydrographic imagery maps to monitor the stability of the vessel and the condition of the Environmental Protection Barrier netting. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders continue to observe and recover oil sheens and debris on the water around the wreck site. Natural Resource Advisers continue to monitor wildlife and marine life in the vicinity response operations. Survey teams continue to assess the shoreline to find and remove any debris or other environmental impacts. 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. If you encounter residual oil on the shoreline or in the water, please call the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.

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 (EPB), 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 motor vessel Golden Ray response operations.

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

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