Response teams assess conditions near the capsized M/V Golden Ray near Brunswick, Georgia, September 16, 2019. The unified command is developing a comprehensive plan to remove pollutants from the vessel and minimize environmental impact.


Response teams assess boom conditions around Bird Island near Brunswick, Georgia, September 16, 2019. Teams are on site assessing and identifying environmental impacts after heavy weather in the area, and ensuring the effectiveness of current strategies. 


Date: 9.16.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

Operations for the St. Simons Sound Incident resumed in full today, with teams deploying response equipment and continuing salvage operations. 

“We currently have approximately 160 local, state, and federal responders here to protect public health and the environment.” John Maddox, State On Scene Coordinator.

Additionally, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter visited the incident command post, from where operations are being directed. He met with the command and various responders, and received a full brief on current operations. 

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, and a water-quality monitoring plan is being developed. 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 actively canvassing multiple shorelines to identify environmental impacts and ensure boom is optimally deployed. The public should report any oiled wildlife encounters or sightings to the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Oil Spill Hotline (800) 261-0980. Additionally, the command is developing a comprehensive plan to remove pollutants from the vessel.

ECONOMIC

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

Date: 9.15.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

Due to heavy weather and concern for crew safety, on-site operations involving the Golden Ray have been partially suspended. 

“Out of concern for the safety for our response crews we have made the decision to temporarily halt operations involving the Golden Ray and plan to resume as soon as it’s safe to. ” – Cmdr. Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

Specialists are monitoring air quality around the vessel and surrounding areas. No impacts on air quality have been detected to date. A water-sampling plan is currently being developed. Please monitor the Department of Public Health website to keep informed of any advisories that may be in effect. 

ENVIRONMENT

Pending safe weather – Response teams are canvassing the shoreline to identify

environmental impacts. If the public encounters oiled wildlife, they should report the sighting to the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Oil Spill Hotline (800) 261-0980.

Additionally, the command is developing a comprehensive plan to remove pollutants from the vessel.

ECONOMIC

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


Date: 9.14.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

The Captain of the Port has updated the safety zone around the Golden Ray. No vessel may approach within 150 yards of the incident site. Additionally, vessels greater than 500 gross tons remain subject to a half-nautical mile safety zone around the site and require authorization from the Captain of the Port to transit.  Boaters are reminded that response crews and divers are actively working around the Golden Ray. Caution should be used when transiting in the area.

“We greatly appreciate the public’s patience and flexibility while we work to resolve the situation.” – Cmdr. Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator


PUBLIC HEALTH

Response crews are continually monitoring air quality around the vessel and surrounding areas. No threats to human health have been detected through air sampling at this time. Crews will continue to monitor the air quality throughout the duration of the response. Please monitor the Department of Public Health website to keep informed of any advisories that may be in effect.

ENVIRONMENT

Teams are continuously conducting shoreline assessments to identify environmental impacts. Crews are ready to respond to any reports of pollution and execute appropriate mediation tactics. Salvage teams are successfully sealing underwater fuel tank vents. 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 has resumed on a case by case basis. A claims number has been established (888) 850-8486 for those who have been affected by the incident.

  • 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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