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Unified Command continues St. Simons Sound Incident response: Update 2

Date: 9.13.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

The Unified Command is closely monitoring the tropical storm, its approach and potential impacts to the Golden Ray. While the vessel is hard aground and stable, all precautions are being taken to ensure the ship is secure during the storm. Current salvage plans and oil recovery operations are still ongoing as responders prepare for the storm and its possible impacts on the situation.

“Our priority right now is the safety of the responders, the recovery of any contaminants that have entered the water and the securing of the vessel in advance of the storm.” – Chris Graff, Gallagher Marine Systems, Incident Commander


Response crews are monitoring air quality around the vessel and surrounding areas. No impacts on air quality have been detected at this time and crews will continue to monitor the air quality throughout the duration of the response. Please monitor the Department of Public Health website to keep informed of any advisories that may be in effect.


Response teams continue to monitor the north bank of the Brunswick River and Bird Island for impacts from the incident. Pollution mitigation strategies are continually being assessed to maximize effectiveness. Specialized oil removal vessels have been deployed in response to recent patches of pollutants observed coming from the vessel. If the public encounters oiled wildlife, they should report the sighting to the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Oil Spill Hotline (800) 261-0980.


Commercial traffic in the Port of Brunswick has resumed on a case by case basis. A claims number has been established (888) 850-8486 for those who have been affected by the incident.


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