Category Archives: Response Imagery

Photo Release: VB-10,000 Arrives at Port of Fernandina

The twin-hull heavy lift vessel VB-10,000 uses its dynamic positioning system to maneuver into its mooring at the Port of Fernandina, Fla., July 3, 2020, for final modifications and function checks prior to heading to St. Simons Sound in early to mid-July. The two 255-foot tall gantries will use lengths of chain to cut the capsized vessel Golden Ray into eight pieces and lift them onto barges for eventual transportation to Louisiana for recycling. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller

Workers at the Port of Fernandina, Fla., pass mooring lines to the crew of the VB-10,000 after the twin-hull heavy lift vessel arrived there the morning of July 3, 2020. It will make final modifications to the rigging beams on its 255-foot tall gantries and conduct function checks prior to heading to St. Simons Sound in early to mid-July for the cutting and removal of the capsized vessel Golden Ray. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller

The 255-foot tall gantries of the VB-10,000 loom over the docks and workers of the Port of Fernandina, Fla., July 3, 2020, after the twin-hull heavy lift vessel moored there this morning. The configuration of the rigging beams underneath the top of the gantries will be modified to lift pieces of the Golden Ray’s hull from St. Simons Sound after winches on the sides of the forward gantry separate them from the capsized ship using 400-foot lengths of chain. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller

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The twin-hull heavy lift vessel VB-10,000 moors at the Port of Fernandina, Fla., July 3, 2020, for final modifications and function checks prior to heading to St. Simons Sound in early to mid-July. The two 255-foot tall gantries will use lengths of chain to cut the capsized vessel Golden Ray into eight pieces and lift them onto barges for transportation to Louisiana for recycling. Shot list: wide shot of VB-10,000 preparing to moor; tugboats maneuver around the VB-10,000; port workers and vessel crewmen handle mooring lines; close-up of the rigging beams that will be used to lift the sections of the Golden Ray’s hull; close-up of the vessel’s name; vessel’s American flag against a backdrop of the gantries. Video by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller

Photo Release: Stern Ramp Removal

St. Simons Sound Incident Response workers use acetylene torches to cut the ramp that vehicles used to drive on and off the Golden Ray from the rear of the wreck on June 24, 2020, in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. Response crews began removing it in four sections on June 18 in order to reduce the amount of stress the 275-ton ramp placed on the hull of the Golden Ray, and to reduce the amount of weight of the stern section when it is cut and lifted by the VB-10,000 floating crane in summer 2020. Unified Command photo by Steve Stokely

A crane working for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response lifts the ramp that vehicles used to drive on and off the Golden Ray from the rear of the wreck on June 24, 2020, in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. Response crews removed the 275-ton ramp in four sections beginning on June 18 in order to reduce the amount of weight of the stern section when it is cut and lifted by the VB-10,000 floating crane in summer 2020. Unified Command photo by Steve Stokely

A crane working for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response loads a section of the ramp that vehicles used to drive on and off the Golden Ray from the rear of the wreck on June 24, 2020, in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. The removal of the 275-ton ramp began June 18 to reduce the weight of the stern section and will be transported to Gibson, Louisiana, for recycling. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Clark

Photo Release: Final Lifting Lug Installed

A crane transfers the final lifting lug from aboard a barge to the hull of the motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, June 3, 2020. Welded to the hull, the 16 lifting lugs will provide connection points for the 255-foot tall Versabar VB 10,0000 crane to fasten to in order to secure sections of the hull as they are cut from the wreck during the Golden Ray’s removal. St. Simons Sound Incident Response Photo

A crane positions the 16th and final lifting lug onto the hull of the motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, June 3, 2020. Weighing over 38 tons, the lug was, like the others, individually designed and manufactured to fit a specific section of the hull in order to stabilize it for cutting and removal by the 255-foot tall Versabar VB 10,0000 floating crane. St. Simons Sound Incident Response Photo

Workers with the Unified Command guide the 16th and final lifting lug into place on the hull of the Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, June 3, 2020. Like the other lugs, the 38-ton custom-designed connection point will allow the 255-foot tall Versabar VB 10,0000 floating crane to secure sections of the hull as they are cut from the wreck during the Golden Ray’s removal. Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Clark

Photo Release: Environmental Protection Barrier Installation

A St. Simons Sound Incident Response crane lifts a 150-foot wide section of netting from a barge in preparation for its installation on the environmental protection barrier (EPB) surrounding the motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simon’s Sound, Georgia, May 29, 2020. Custom-made from soft, high-tensile-strength polyester straps sewn on a five-foot by five-foot grid pattern, the netting stretches from the seabed to above the surface of the water. The netting will serve to capture potential debris from the Golden Ray as the vessel is being cut and removed but is designed to allow marine life to swim safely through it. Photo by Jaime Sanchez-Perez

Workers with the St. Simons Sound Incident Response install a 150-foot wide section of netting on the environmental protection barrier (EPB) surrounding the motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simon’s Sound, Georgia, May 29, 2020. Offshore oil boom will also be secured to the floating HDPE pipe barriers that make up part of the EPB in order to retain any potential surface discharge during the removal of the vessel. The soft, high-strength-polyester netting, which extends from the seafloor to above the surface of the water, will catch larger solid debris while allowing marine life to swim safely through. Photo by Jaime Sanchez-Perez

The fourth of 28 sections of environmental protection barrier netting was installed by St. Simons Sound Incident Response workers around the motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simon’s Sound, Georgia, May 29, 2020. Made from soft, high-strength polyester straps sewn on a five-foot by five-foot grid, each custom-assembled panel ranges from 35 to 65 feet in height depending upon the depth to the seafloor, where it is weighted with heavy chain. The nets extend upward from the seabed and rise to above the water’s surface to catch potential debris from the ship’s removal while allowing marine life to swim safely through. Photo by Jaime Sanchez-Perez

Photo Release: Wildlife Rescue

Contractors working on the M/V Golden Ray spotted a small deer swimming inside the Environmental Protection Barrier surrounding the wreck on Wednesday evening. The deer was clearly struggling, and swimming between equipment caused a precarious situation. Workers were able to secure a rope around the deer and gently bring it onto the deck of a barge. Once on deck, the deer was wrapped in a blanket to keep it calm. The contractors transported the deer to Jekyll Island, where it was met by local law enforcement and safely released.

Photo Release: Litter Pick Up

Employees of Shelton Services, Inc., recently picked up litter on the Little River Bridge catwalk in Brunswick, Georgia. Members of the St. Simons Sound Incident Response, the clean-up is part of the Unified Command’s attempts to thank the community for their support of the Golden Ray removal efforts. Photo by Nikki Lockwood.

Employees of Shelton Services, Inc., recently cleaned up litter on the Little River Bridge catwalk and nearby public fishing areas in Brunswick, Georgia. Shelton Services is part of the St. Simons Sound Incident Response, responsible for removing the Golden Ray wreck and pollution prevention and response efforts. Photo by Nikki Lockwood.

An employee of Shelton Services, Inc., cleans up litter by the Little River Bridge and nearby public fishing areas in Brunswick, Georgia. Here as part of the St. Simons Sound Incident Response, Shelton employees noticed the trash while fishing there after work and volunteered to clean up the sites. Photo by Nikki Lockwood.

Photo Release: U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter Visits Unified Command

U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Norm Witt briefs U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Savannah (center), on the progress and future plans for the M/V Golden Ray, May 12, 2020. Witt, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response, explained how the environmental protection barrier surrounding the ship will minimize the threat of debris and pollution while the vessel is being removed. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller.

The leadership of the St. Simons Sound Incident Response briefs U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Savannah (center), on the progress and future plans for the M/V Golden Ray, May 12, 2020. The U.S. Coast Guard, Gallagher Marine Systems, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources comprise the Unified Command and are responsible for pollution prevention and response during the safe removal of the capsized vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller.

U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Efren Lopez (left) looks on as Steve Garcia (right), Operations Section Chief for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response, briefs U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Savannah (center), on the progress and future plans for the M/V Golden Ray, May 12, 2020. Garcia explained the Unified Command’s plans to protect sensitive environmental areas during the removal of the capsized vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller.

Photo Release: Eighth Lifting Lug Installed

T&T Salvage installs the eighth lifting lug on the M/V Golden Ray on May 6, 2020, in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. In total, 16 lugs are scheduled to be installed with two lugs installed on each of the eight sections of the M/V Golden Ray. The lifting lugs will be used as a connection point between the rigging of the VB-10,000 twin-gantry catamaran, and each section of the M/V Golden Ray. The lugs are designed to distribute the weight of each particular section during the cutting and lifting operation. (Unified Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

Photo Release: Pollution Response Exercise

Pollution response crews with the St. Simons Sound Incident Response conduct a pollution response exercise near the M/V Golden Ray on Monday, April 27, 2020. Exercises like these allow responders to maintain their proficiency while allowing the Unified command to test and evaluate the effectiveness of their pollution response plans. (Photos by Unified Command response personnel. Video by Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

T&T Salvage installs the fifth lifting lug on the M/V Golden Ray

T&T Salvage installs the fifth lifting lug on the M/V Golden Ray on April 24, 2020, in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. In total, 16 lugs are scheduled to be installed with two lugs installed on each of the eight sections of the M/V Golden Ray. The lifting lugs will be used as a connection point between the rigging of the VB-10,000 twin-gantry catamaran, and each section of the M/V Golden Ray. The lugs are designed to distribute the weight of each particular section during the cutting and lifting operation. (Unified Command photo by Catherine Teige)