Section Three cutting operations progress

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Cutting operations to separate Section Three of the Golden Ray wreck continue. Section Seven departed Mayors Point Terminal on Saturday.

REMOVAL UPDATE

Wreck removal personnel continue cutting operations to separate Section Three from the remainder of the Golden Ray wreck. Once separated, the section is planned to be stowed in a dry dock and transported to a facility at Mayors Point Terminal. Collected data from fixed monitors and hydrographic surveys confirms that the remaining wreck is stable.

Responders removed a total of 77 vehicles and 2 moveable decks from Section Six during weight-shedding operations.

Section Seven of the wreck departed Mayors Point Terminal on Saturday enroute to a recycling facility in Gibson, La.

The VB-1000 cutting apparatus actively separates Section Three from the remaining Golden Ray wreck on Monday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The cutting chain advances up the hull-side of the Golden Ray wreck during cutting operations to separate Section Three on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The cutting chain advances along the deck-side of the Golden Ray wreck during cutting operations to separate Section Three on Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The Tug Kurt Crosby pulls Section Seven of the Golden Ray through the Plantation Creek range of the St. Simons Sound shipping channel enroute to a recycling facility in Gibson, La 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.

ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE

Todd Farrar of Gallagher Marine Systems and U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Justin Mullvihill recover a piece of debris from Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island during a routine shoreline survey on Tuesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

On-water response teams continue to mitigate very light oil sheens and debris observed around the wreck site. Natural Resource Advisors continue to monitor areas around the wreck site and the Environmental Protection Barrier for any wildlife activity or impacts. Survey teams continue to assess the shoreline to find and remove any debris or other environmental impacts. To learn more about the response debris program, watch this video Subject Matter Expert Overview – Debris Removal Operations

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, 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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