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
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.
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.
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