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St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command to host open house, Friday

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.

Media Availability: Unified Command for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response available Friday for EPB construction interviews

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 simonsresponse@gmail.com.

For additional information about the construction of the EPB, please click here.

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.

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.