Photo Release: Work Barges

Crews onboard the work barges Farrell [left] and Columbia [right], work to clean residual fuel oil from tanks inside the M/V Golden Ray, St. Simons Sound, Dec. 3, 2019. The work barges provide a platform for personnel and equipment to perform various tasks to prepare the wreck for removal.

Photo Release: Vessel Interior Inspection

A marine chemist and a salvage operator assess oiling deep inside the Golden Ray wreck, Nov. 22, 2019. Removing oil from confined spaces safely requires a team of highly experienced maritime experts that guide operations in order to protect the marine environment and response crews around the M/V Golden Ray.

Port of Brunswick commercial vessel traffic opens 24 hours

The Unified Command, working with the Georgia Ports Authority, expanded commercial vessel traffic operations to 24 hours in the Port of Brunswick on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

“Reopening the Port of Brunswick to around-the-clock transit means greater flexibility for the shipping lines that call on Brunswick, and more timely service for auto manufacturers and other cargo owners,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We want to thank the Coast Guard, the Brunswick Pilots and all of our partners who have worked tirelessly to bring us to this point.”

The channel will be open to one way traffic as inbound and outbound commercial vessels will have to pass one at a time for the safety of response crews working to prepare the M/V Golden Ray for removal.

“We appreciate the continuing partnership with the Georgia Ports Authority, Brunswick Port and Moran Towing,” said Commander Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator. “While removing the M/V Golden Ray will take time, minimizing the impact of this incident on the community and protecting the environment are priorities for the Unified Command.”

The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command is the official source for information regarding the M/V Golden Ray response operations.

An inbound cargo vessel passes by a work barge next to the M/V Golden Ray, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The Unified Command, working with the Georgia Ports Authority, expanded commercial vessel traffic operations to 24 hours at the Port of Brunswick.

Keep our crews safe by not flying drones over or near the Golden Ray

The wreck site is located within 5 nautical miles of an airport. Therefore, drones are prohibited without written authorization from the FAA in Class E airspace per Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) part 107. For more information visit https://bit.ly/33MXPWa

As response crews continue to lighter and prepare the M/V Golden Ray for removal, please don’t fly drones over or near the wreck site. Our crews are working under very challenging conditions and a drone can be a distraction or impede the operation of heavy equipment.

Thank you for your cooperation, St. Simons Sound Unified Command.

 

 

Photo Release: Marsh Cleanup

Response crews collect oiled debris from marshes, as well as trash near the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, Nov. 4, 2019. When or if shorelines become oiled, cleanup crews must determine the best methods to address impacts to the environment which include standard protocols for removing any trash unrelated to an incident.

Photo Release: Rappelling into the Golden Ray

Response crews repel into the hull of M/V Golden Ray and clear a path for oil spill equipment to safely remove oil from the steering gear room, St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Nov. 5, 2019. The complex pollution recovery and mitigation operations in a ship of this magnitude demands methodical planning and meticulous execution.

Response crews repel into the hull of M/V Golden Ray and clear a path for oil spill equipment to safely remove oil from the steering gear room, St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Nov. 5, 2019. The complex pollution recovery and mitigation operations in a ship of this magnitude demands methodical planning and meticulous execution.