Responders continue preparations for next cut

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders continue to prepare for cutting operations on the next section of the Golden Ray wreck, Section Seven. Preparations include maintenance on critical wreck removal equipment, perforating the projected cut groove and drilling additional drainage holes along the bottom of the section.

Responders continue to observe and mitigate light oil sheens and recover debris on the water and at the shoreline. Sea-fastening operations continue aboard the Barge 455-8 in preparation to transit with Section Eight to the recycling facility in Louisiana.

Responders perform maintenance on the cutting apparatus with the VB-10000 secured in place with a protective barrier between the vessel’s pontoons. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders maintain unreeved pulley blocks on the deck of a work barge below the gantry of the VB-10000. The blocks must withstand significant stress during cutting operations in order to maintain constant upward tension on the cutting chain. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A sequence of images show responders pouring a socket termination for the cutting apparatus during maintenance operations at the VB-10000. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Section Eight undergoes sea-fastening operations aboard the barge 455-8 at Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. Responders continue preparations to secure the section for transit to a recycling facility in Louisiana. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders welded cargo stoppers to secure Section Eight to the deck of the barge 455-8 during sea-fastening operations. The section will transit from Mayors Point Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. to a recycling facility in Louisiana once sea-fastening and inspections are complete. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responder on the Barge 455-8 cuts cable during sea-fastening operations to secure Section Eight of the Golden Ray wreck for transit to Louisiana. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

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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. 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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