Date: 9.21.19

Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122


The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command (UC), made of the U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems, continues to target pollution and refine the salvage plan.


PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY


Specialists are actively monitoring air and water quality around the vessel, Jekyll Island, and St. Simons Island. Members of the public are encouraged to monitor the Department of Public Health website for additional information. 


ENVIRONMENT


Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) teams, comprised of federal, state, and environmental response contractors, are continuously scanning the shoreline by air, boat, and foot, looking for evidence of oil.


The command has observed sporadic discharges from the vessel. Shoreline impacts have been identified near Quarantine Island, Lanier Island, and the confluence of the Back, Mackay, and Frederica Rivers, with varying degrees of oil and sheen in the marshes. Mitigation techniques are being evaluated. The public is reminded to not touch oil, and report any sightings of oil to (800) 424-8802. Oiled wildlife should be reported to the wildlife hotline (800) 261-0980. 


There are approximately 200 responders attached to the UC and 40 vessels engaged in the response. Over 5,300 feet of boom has been deployed to protect Bird Island, and 18,400 feet of boom is strategically staged for use as needed.


ECONOMIC


Commercial traffic in the Port of Brunswick continues to move on a case by case basis. A claims number has been established for those affected by the incident: (888) 850-8486.

Date: 9.20.19

Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122


“An outstanding work dynamic amongst the Unified Command is yielding a well informed and calculated response,” – Eric Dykes, State On-Scene Coordinator.


The Saint Simons Sound Incident Unified Command is made up of the U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems. The Unified Command links responding organizations to the incident and provides them a forum to make decisions together.


“Our goal is to provide responders with every resource they need to safely and expeditiously resolve this incident,” – Thomas Wiker, Gallagher Marine Systems Unified Command Representative.


PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY


Specialists are actively monitoring air and water quality around the vessel and the surrounding areas. No impacts have been detected to date. Members of the public are encouraged to monitor the Department of Public Health website for additional information. 

ENVIRONMENT


Response teams continue to canvas the shoreline and have identified minimal to no environmental impacts at this time. There are approximately 200 responders attached to the Unified Command and 37 vessels engaged in the response. Environmental assessment teams are continuously scanning the shoreline by air, boat, and foot, looking for evidence of oil. Over 5,300 feet of boom has been deployed surrounding Bird Island, and 18,400 feet of boom is strategically staged for use as needed. If the public encounters oil, they should report the sighting to the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.


ECONOMIC


Commercial traffic in the Port of Brunswick continues to move on a case by case basis. A claims number has been established for those who have been affected by the incident: (888) 850-8486.

Date: 9.19.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122


Salvage efforts on the Golden Ray continue to progress as teams begin skimming pollutants from the engine room to allow access to the main fuel tanks.


“Because transferring fuel in the marine environment brings an inherent risk of pollution, we match our pollution mitigation strategies with each phase of the salvage operation.” – Cmdr. Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator


PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY


Specialists are actively monitoring air quality around the vessel and the surrounding areas. No impacts on air quality have been detected to date. A water-quality monitoring plan is being finalized, and members of the public are encouraged to monitor the Department of Public Health website for advisories.


ENVIRONMENT


Response teams continue to canvas the shoreline and have identified minimal to no environmental impacts at this time. There are approximately 185 responders attached to the Unified Command and 37 vessels assisting in the response. Environmental inspection teams are continuously scanning the shoreline by air, boat, and foot, looking for evidence of oil. Over 5,300 feet of boom has been deployed surrounding Bird Island, and 18,400 feet of boom is strategically staged for use as needed. 


ECONOMIC


Commercial traffic in the Port of Brunswick continues to move on a case by case basis. A claims number has been established for those who have been affected by the incident: (888) 850-8486.

  • 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]

KEY INFORMATION