ST. SIMONS, Ga. — St. Simons Sound Incident Response contractors are scheduled to begin nighttime operations Saturday, April 4, on and around the grounded M/V Golden Ray.
Operations are scheduled to be conducted day and night until further notice.
Further details available at the St. Simons Sound Incident Response official website: https://ssiresponse.com/. The Joint Information Center (JIC) for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response is the response’s official source of information. The JIC can be reached by phone at (912) 944-7122 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. SIMONS, Georgia. – The contractor representing the responsible party in the Unified Command’s response to the capsized Motor Vessel Golden Ray has donated 1,000 N95 respirator masks to first responders in Glynn County as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When I heard Vice President Mike Pence’s plea for mask donations, I immediately called Gallagher Marine System’s senior leadership and pitched the idea of donating our excess supply of N95 masks,” said Chris Graff, the Incident Commander for the responsible party. “I knew we had a responsibility to act. The highest priority of the Unified Command is the safety of the community and responders. I felt it was our duty to give back to a community that has supported us so much throughout the response to the Golden Ray.”
Unified Command personnel delivered 1,000 masks to Jay Wiggins, interim Chief of Glynn County Police and Director of Glynn County Emergency Management Agency, on March 23, 2020. These masks will be distributed to first responders in Glynn County, Ga.
“It will make a tremendous impact, these masks are just not available right now. Your donation makes sure these first responders have the availability to have a mask when they need it, this is for all of our public safety officers to include the sheriff’s department and local firefighters.” said Jay Wiggins.
Gallagher Marine Systems is working in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to make up the Unified Command of the M/V Golden Ray response.
WHO: St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command
WHAT: Opportunity to speak with subject matter experts about plans for wreck removal, construction of environmental protection barrier, pile-driving, mitigation of environmental impacts, as well as community and safety related topics
WHEN: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
WHERE: A.W. Jones Heritage Center, 610 Beachview Dr., St. Simons, GA 31522
The St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command is scheduled to host an open house at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Friday.
Community members and mariners are invited to speak with subject matter experts about plans for wreck removal, construction of the environmental protection barrier, pile-driving, mitigation of environmental impacts, as well as community and safety related topics.
The public is invited to attend anytime during the two-hour period of the open house. There is no formal presentation scheduled.
Please visit www.ssiresponse.com for more information.
WHO: St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command
Cmdr. Norm Witt, Coast Guard federal on scene coordinator
Doug Haymans, Georgia Department of Natural Resource state on scene coordinator
Kevin Perry, incident commander for the responsible party
WHAT: Media interviews regarding the construction of an environmental protection barrier (EPB) to be built around the motor vessel Golden Ray
WHERE: Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center, 1 Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520
WHY: To answer questions about the construction of the EPB
WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
The St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command will be available Friday at 10 a.m. in Brunswick for media interviews about the construction of the environmental protection barrier.
The media is invited to the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center at 1 Conservation Way.
Media members should RSVP by emailing the St. Simons Response Joint Information Center at email@example.com.
For additional information about the construction of the EPB, please click here.
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.