BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders prepare to shift the VB-10000 and commence cutting operations on Section Two of the Golden Ray wreck.
A link in the cutting chain failed during cutting operations on Section Seven on Friday. Given the completion of cutline preparations for Section Two and to avoid further delay, the Unified Command approved a plan to shift the VB-10000 and begin cutting operations on that section. While the VB-10000 cuts and lifts Section Two, divers will survey Section Seven and install a system so that the cutting chain can be placed back into the cut groove. Response engineers confirm that the wreck remains stable and responders plan to return to Section Seven after Section Two is removed. The Barge JULIE B is expected to arrive in Brunswick, Ga. in approximately 10 days and will receive Section Two once the section is separated and lifted.
The VB-10000 moved off Section Seven to prepare for cutting operations on Section Two on Saturday. 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.
A response vessel uses an oil skimmer to recover an oil discharge inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) during cutting operations on Thursday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
A formation of response vessels using boom and an oil skimmer recover an oil sheen outside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) during cutting operations on Thursday. A critical layer of the response environmental defense system is the dynamic fleet of pollution mitigation vessels equipped to recover and contain any oil or debris that entrains under the EPB. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo
An example of a fresh oil glouble discovered and removed by a Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) team on the north end of Jekyll Island, Ga. on Friday. SCAT teams are equipped to remove any oil or debris upon discovery and recommend any further treatment of the area if necessary. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
Responders continue to observe and recover oil sheens and debris on the water around the wreck site. 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.