Date: 9.11.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

A Unified Command and Joint Information Center have been established for the cargo vessel Golden Ray response and salvage efforts.

The Unified Command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems. Multiple federal, state, local and partner organizations are assisting in the response.

The Unified Command’s operational priorities are ensuring the safety of the public and responders, protecting wildlife and the environment, ensuring economical activities in the area are minimally affected, and the eventual salvage and safe removal of the vessel.

A Joint Information Center (JIC) has been established. The response website is, where media and individuals can subscribe for further updates. Media can also reach the JIC at (912) 944-7122.

Date: 9.11.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

The Unified Command continues to respond to the capsizing of the cargo vessel Golden Ray. A safety zone has been established a half-mile mile around the vessel. 4,300 feet of boom has been deployed in designated areas to help contain sheening from the vessel. Currently there are 12 vessels and 179 responders supporting the response. A long-term salvage plan for the vessel is currently being developed.

“The development of a salvage plan will take time and is something we must get right the first time.”       – CMDR. Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator


The Unified Command is actively monitoring and responding to potential public health issues related to the incident. Please monitor the Georgia Department of Public Health to keep informed of any advisories that may be in effect. No impacts on air quality due to the incident have been detected at this time, and the appropriate crews will continue to monitor the situation.


Minor sheening along the north bank of the Brunswick River and Bird Island has been reported and response teams have been dispatched to minimize further impacts. Approximately 1,200 feet of boom has been deployed near the vessel and 3,100 feet of boom along Bird Island. 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.


The flow of commerce remains a top priority of the Unified Command and a plan to open the port to commercial traffic is being developed. A claims number has been established (888) 850-8486 for those who have been affected by the incident. Currently, the St. Simons port and channel remain closed to commercial traffic.

  • 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]