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Update: Responders to install pilings for VB10,000 anchor system

ST. SIMONS, Ga — Responders will install pilings to secure VB10,000 in place during cutting operations. Pile driving will commence on Oct 18.

Responders are installing three pilings to complete the anchor array for the VB10,000 heavy-lift vessel. The VB10,000 will begin transiting to St. Simons Sound after the first piling is installed. Sound levels will be monitored at the wrecksite and the shoreline during pile driving to ensure the safety of workers and the public. Sound levels are expected to be negligible at the shoreline.

A 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) has been established. Mariners are advised to steer clear of the perimeter. Unauthorized flying of drones (UAVs) is prohibited around the wrecksite. 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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