U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon. 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Rice, a machinery technician with the U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force, ensures safe salvage operations aboard the motor vessel Golden Ray in Brunswick, Ga, Sept. 17, 2019. The Saint Simons Sound Unified Command is developing plans to remove fuel from the vessel and construct a long-term salvage plan for a complex situation.


U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon. 

Petty Officer 1st Class Phil McLeod, an electrician’s mate with the U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force, checks air quality upon arrival at the motor vessel Golden Ray in Brunswick, Ga, Sept. 17, 2019. The Saint Simons Sound Unified Command is developing plans to remove fuel from the vessel and construct a long-term salvage plan for a complex situation.


U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.

A salvage team drills into the hull of the motor vessel Golden Ray in Brunswick, Ga, Sept. 17, 2019. The Saint Simons Sound Unified Command is developing plans to remove fuel from the vessel and construct a long-term salvage plan for a complex situation.


U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.

A contracted salvage crewman attached to the Saint Simons Sound Unified Command, rappels down the hull of the motor vessel Golden Ray in Brunswick, Ga, Sept. 17, 2019. The Saint Simons Sound Unified Command is developing plans to remove fuel from the vessel and construct a long-term salvage plan for a complex situation.

Date: 9.18.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122


The Unified Command continues to assess all avenues for the salvage plan and the process to remove pollutants from the Golden Ray. Complex salvage operations have progressed to include skimming within the hull of the ship, drilling to allow access for internal air quality testing, and developing a lightering plan for pollutants. 


PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY


Specialists are actively monitoring air quality around and inside 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 any advisories that may be in effect. 


ENVIRONMENT


Response teams continue to canvas the shoreline and have identified minimal to no environmental impacts within the area. As of now there are approximately 180 responders attached to the Unified Command and 30 vessels assisting in the response. Environmental inspection teams are continuously scanning the shoreline by air, boat, and foot, looking for evidence of oil. 5,300 feet of boom have 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 has resumed 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: 9.17.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122


The Unified Command continues to evaluate the salvage plan and the process to remove pollutants from the Golden Ray. The protection of the public, response crews, and the environment remains a crucial focus. 


“This is a complex incident and we are taking every possible step to protect the community and the environment, while ensuring the safety of our responders.” Chris Graff, Gallagher Marine Systems Incident Commander.


PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY


Specialists are actively monitoring air quality around the vessel and 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 any advisories that may be in effect. 


ENVIRONMENT


Response teams are assessing the effectiveness of pollution mitigation strategies, such as boom and other absorbent materials, to remove pollutants in the event a discharge. As of now, there are approximately 170 responders attached to the Unified Command and 26 vessels assisting in the response. Environmental inspection teams are continuously scanning the shoreline by air, boat and foot, looking for evidence of oil. 5,300 feet of boom have been deployed surrounding Bird Island, and 18,000 feet of boom is strategically staged for use as needed. 


ECONOMIC


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




A shoreline assessment team attached to the St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command surveys Driftwood Beach at Jekyll Island, Sept. 16, 2019. The team covered roughly 7 miles of coastline and discovered no pollution. 

  • 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