BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders removed Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck on Sunday. One section of the wreck remains inside the Environmental Protection Barrier.

REMOVAL UPDATE

Wreck removal personnel lifted and secured Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck onto a dry-dock barge on Saturday and tug crews transited the barge to Mayor’s Point Terminal on Sunday. After inspection by the response engineering team, the section will be staged for partial dismantling at a local response facility.

“We are very proud of the tremendous effort to maintain safety by each member of the response team throughout the entire operation to lift and remove Section Five of the wreck,” said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Efren Lopez, federal on-scene coordinator. “Even with the end of the wreck removal phase of this response in sight, we continue to prudently execute our safety, environmental protection and port function priorities.”

Crews aboard the VB-10000 heavy lift vessel began a maintenance period on Sunday in preparation for subsequent lifting operations. Prior to lifting Section Four, the final section of the wreck, two previously removed sections will be transloaded from dry-dock barges to the Barge Julie B by the VB-10000 and secured for transit to a recycling facility in Louisiana.

Response personnel monitor operations to lift and remove Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck from the air, water and aboard the VB-10000 on Saturday and Sunday. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.

Several response vessels monitor the wreck site on Saturday during operations to lift Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck onto a dry-dock barge. Each vessel is equipped with personnel and equipment ready recover any potential debris or oil. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Members of the response engineering team observe operations to lift Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck onto a dry-dock barge. The engineering team modified a cradle system using 3D modeling tools following a visual analysis by the Salvage Master during a test lift on Sep. 10. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The Salvage Master surveys the orientation of the underside of Section Five and the cradle system during a pause in lifting operations on Saturday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A welder cuts notches into the bilge keel along the hull-side of Section Five on Saturday in order to accommodate the support stanchions in the cradle system and ensure the section is secure for transit. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The tugs Crosby Star, Caitlin and Kurt J. Crosby assist a dry-dock barge loaded with Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck to a local facility near Mayor’s Point Terminal on Sunday. One section of the wreck remains. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for any non-response vessel not transiting inside 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 a response shoreline clean-up team remove oiled spartina grass stems on Thursday. Under the supervision of Jan MacKinnon, a wetlands biologist from the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, vegetation cutting is a treatment designed to preserve grass rhizomes while further reducing any potential oil transfer to wildlife after multiple applications of sphagnum moss. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Members of a response shoreline assessment team survey rip rap along the south end of St. Simons Island during a routine shoreline assessment on Thursday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

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.

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

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.

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

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The response engineering team continues to refit the dry-dock barge at Mayor’s Point Terminal to receive Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck. Once the cradle system on the barge is complete, the barge will transit to the wreck site to receive the section.

REMOVAL UPDATE

Response engineers construct modifications to a cradle system on a dry-dock barge at Mayors Point Terminal on Tuesday. Once the modifications are complete, the barge will receive Section Five. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A rope-access technician welds steel reinforcement plates onto Section Five on Monday. The plates stiffen the side of the section to ensure stability when stowed onto a dry-dock barge. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for any non-response vessel not transiting inside 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

A response vessel crew recovers a piece of debris from the edge of the marsh in the vicinity of the Golden Ray wreck site on Monday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

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.

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

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.

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

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The VB-10000 heavy lift vessel continues to hold Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck while the response engineering team modifies the cradle support system on the dry-dock barge. Once the cradle support system is ready, Section Five will be loaded onto the drydock and moved to a response facility near Mayor’s Point Terminal for further dismantling.

REMOVAL UPDATE

On Friday, the salvage master and the response engineers surveyed the condition of Section Five and prescribed modifications to the cradle support system for the dry-dock barge set to receive the section. The M/V Golden Ray sustained damage when it capsized and listed into a sand bar in 2019. The cradle support system will ensure the section remains stable for transit to a response facility near Mayor’s Point Terminal. The section will be partially dismantled at the facility.

“The removal plan accounted for possible damage to both Section Five and Section Four,” said wreck removal project manager and naval architect Matt Cooke of T&T Salvage. “We are constantly adapting and modifying our approach based on the latest information we receive from the wreck site. The salvage master’s observations are a vital component to the overall engineering process.”

A weight-shedding team removed 226 vehicles from Section 5 last week. In addition to ensuring a safe lift of the section, weight-shedding also increases the safety of dismantling operations. Any sunken debris that remains inside the Environmental Protection Barrier will be removed after the wreck sections are removed.

A closeup image of the damage and deformations to Section Five observed by the salvage master and response engineers on Friday. The M/V Golden Ray sustained the damage during capsizing and listing into the sand bar in the fall of 2019. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Several vehicles are stowed on a containment barge during weight-shedding operations or Section Five of the Golden Ray wreck on Friday. The vehicles are then transloaded onto container trucks and sent to a local auto recycling facility. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for any non-response vessel not transiting inside 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


Carly Costello of Tri-state Bird Rescue and Research releases a rehabilitated Laughing Gull on Thursday. The gull treated for an injury and for oiling at a rehabilitation facility in South Carolina. St. Simons Sound Incident response video.

A shoreline clean-up team reapplies sphagnum moss on oiled marsh grass after vegetation cutting on Thursday. As the oil weathers naturally, the treatments reduce any potential transferability to wildlife. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A shoreline clean up team recovers freshly deposited oil on the sand near Wylie Street public beach access on Thursday. Shoreline clean-up teams focus on oil recovery which allows shoreline assessment teams to continue routine surveys throughout the area. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A responder recovers a piece of debris in the vicinity of the wreck site on Tuesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The Unified Command and the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved vegetation cutting as a treatment for small areas of marsh grass after more than five applications of sphagnum moss over a 10-day period in order to reduce the potential for any weathered oil transferring to wildlife. Wildlife assessment teams continue to survey marsh areas and beaches throughout St. Simons Sound for any potential wildlife impacts. Oiled wildlife sightings have been sporadic over the past month. If you encounter any oiled wildlife, do not attempt to capture it and report any sightings of oiled wildlife by calling (800) 261-0980.

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, please call the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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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