BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders will prioritize maintenance operations throughout the week as they continue to assess the wreck site and equipment after removing Section One of the Golden Ray wreck. Response engineers continue preparations for the next cut.

Removal Update


Responders onboard the wreck of the Golden Ray conduct preparations in advance of the removal of the next cut: the stern section. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The barge JULIE B safely moved to a local site where responders are in the process of sea-fastening Section One for further transit. The JULIE B will remain in Brunswick to receive Section Two, the third cut of the wreck. Once both sections are secured onboard, the barge will depart for a recycling facility in Louisiana.

Responders continue to make preparations and modify the VB-10000 for the next cut. Preparations include replenishing supplies onboard, making strategic preliminary cuts along the projected cut groove and replacing or refurbishing worn cutting equipment.


Health and Safety Update


Cmdr. Judson Coleman, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah's Executive Officer receives a report from Chief Warrant Officer Rick Baynor, a deputy for the salvage branch of the response on the completion of Section One removal. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders continue to report sightings of drones and small aircraft over the wreck site along with recreational vessels in or near the safety zone. The Unified Command requests the public to respect safety zones and not to distract response personnel.

Responders continue to diligently follow strict COVID-19 protocols in line with CDC guidelines and consistent with medical standards established by the Unified Command (UC).

Environmental Update


An on-water recovery team shows a piece of debris recovered from the vicinity of the wreck. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique teams observe and recover a small oil globule during a survey of Jekyll Island, Ga. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Light oil sheening continues to be observed adjacent to the wreck during the daily aerial and on-water surveys. Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT) teams discovered and removed several small, dime-sized globules of oil. No further remediation or mitigation actions were necessary.

Several vehicles and large debris fell into the water inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) during the separation and subsequent lifting of Section One of the Golden Ray wreck. Responders will conduct hydrographic surveys to identify the location of the debris to inform removal operations.

Responders continue to recover small pieces of debris, some oiled, within the proximity of the wreck and at the shoreline. If the public encounters what they believe is debris from the Golden Ray wreck, please do not disturb and 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 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 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.

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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. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) around the wreck site is prohibited. 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/

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Section One, secured to the Barge JULIE B, travels enroute to a local site for further sea fastening. The barge is equipped with pollution mitigation and self-containment capabilities.

Responders commence ballasting operations on the Barge JULIE B after receiving Section One of the Golden Ray wreck. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders place prefabricated cradles underneath the front of Section One in preparation for the short transit out of the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) to a local site for further sea-fastening, a process of securing a vessel for transit at sea. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Section One loaded on the Barge JULIE B travels passes St. Simons Pier enroute to a local site to be secured for transit at sea. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Section One transits St. Simons Sound on the Barge JULIE B to a local site on the East River for sea-fastening. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


B-Roll - Time-lapse video of Section exiting the EPB

B-Roll - Overflight video of Section One transit out of EPB

B-Roll - Section One travels to local site for sea-fastening

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The 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.

If the public encounters what they believe is debris from the Golden Ray wreck, please do not disturb and 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.

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The 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The UC advises mariners to please steer clear of the perimeter. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) around the wreck site is prohibited. 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/

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders finished cutting and lifting Section One (the bow) of the wreck of the Golden Ray this morning. Preparations for the section to exit the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) on the Barge JULIE B are ongoing.

“This is our first major milestone in the removal operation. We validated the overall removal method while we continue to refine our strategies to increase the efficiency of the next six cuts” said Commander Efren Lopez, U.S. Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator. “Responders on the shore and on the water have vigilantly kept watch for and responded to any environmental impacts. We encourage the public to continue reporting any debris they encounter through the Debris Reporting Hotline and online form.”

Preparations for the second cut have begun. The wreck will be removed in a total of eight sections.


The VB-10000 crew lifts Section One of the Golden Ray wreck while the Barge JULIE B enters the EPB. Response vessels move in formation to quickly mitigate any oil and debris that may escape the EPB. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders lift Section One of the Golden Ray wreck using ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene slings that are as strong as steel at a fraction of the weight. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


Responders lift Section One of the Golden Ray wreck as the Barge JULIE B maneuvers into place inside the EPB. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


After separating Section One from the remaining wreck, the VB-10000 moved slowly and smoothly inside the EPB to a predetermined position for the Barge JULIE B transit underneath to receive the section. The wreck is surrounded by an environmental protection barrier with netting to the seafloor designed to catch large debris for removal. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


Responders recover debris outside the EPB during lifting operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


Responders recover debris outside the EPB during lifting operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


The Barge JULIE B is outfitted with custom fabricated cradles that match the profile of Section One precisely. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


The Barge JULIE B transits underneath Section One of the Golden Ray wreck. Response engineers accounted for approximately 6,000mt of load which includes the dry weight and projected sediment contained within the section during the lift. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


The VB-10000 lifts Section One of the Golden Ray wreck as the barge JULIE B maneuvers to receive it. Responders will secure the section and prepare the barge to exit the EPB. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


The VB-10000 lifts Section One of the Golden Ray wreck. The wreck is surrounded by an environmental protection barrier with netting to the seafloor designed to catch large debris for removal. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo and video. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo and video.


LIFT B-Roll Video

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The 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.

If the public encounters what they believe is debris from the Golden Ray wreck, please do not disturb and 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.

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The 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The UC advises mariners to please steer clear of the perimeter. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) around the wreck site is prohibited. 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/

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