Responders continue cutting operations on Section Two

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders continue cutting operations on Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck.


Removal Update

Responders continue cutting operations to separate Section Two from the Golden Ray wreck. The Barge JULIE B arrived in the Port of Brunswick on Tuesday and will receive Section Two once the section is separated and lifted. Response engineers continue to collect data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys and they confirm that the wreck remains stable.

A view of the hull-side of Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck from the VB-10000 during cutting operations on Thursday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A close-up image of the cutting chain advancing across the topside of the Golden Ray wreck during cutting operations to separate Section Two on Thursday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A close-up image of the cutting chain advancing through plate steel inside a pre-cut groove on the hull-side of the Golden Ray wreck during cutting operations to separate Section Two on Thursday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A responder maintains a pulley block during a routine inspection of the cutting apparatus. Responders pause cutting operations periodically to inspect equipment and ensure overall safety. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The Barge JULIE B arrives in the Port of Brunswick, Ga., Tuesday, March 9, 2021. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The UC advises mariners to please steer clear of the perimeter to ensure the safety of our responders and the public. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs) around the wreck site and near response facilities is discouraged due to safety. UAVs are distractions that can lead to near misses, mishaps and injuries. Responders will report any sightings of drones and drone operators to local authorities.

Environmental Update

Responders use a Fuchs MHL390 material handler to offload vehicles removed from Section Two of the Golden Ray during weight-shedding operations in February 2021 at a response facility on Tuesday. The vehicles will be transported to and processed at two local, certified auto recycling facilities. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders continue to observe and recover oil sheens and debris on the water around the wreck site. Natural Resource Advisers continue to monitor wildlife and marine life in the vicinity response operations. Survey teams continue to assess the shoreline to find and remove any debris or other environmental impacts. If you encounter what you believe is debris from the Golden Ray wreck, please do not handle the debris. 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. If you encounter residual oil on the shoreline or in the water, please call the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.

The Unified Command (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.

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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