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)

PHOTO RELEASE: Testing of Fire Equipment

Personnel from T&T Salvage test the fire prevention system on board the M/V Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Ga., Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The test provided an opportunity for workers to familiarize themselves with the system and ensure the equipment functioned as designed. (U.S. Coast Guard photos by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

PHOTO RELEASE: Unified Command Visits Golden Ray Sister Ship

Coast Guard Cmdr. Norman Witt, Cmdr. Efren Lopez and several members of St. Simons Sound Incident Response salvage team visited the M/V Silver Ray, sister ship of the M/V Golden Ray, during it’s port call in Brunswick, Ga., on April 21, 2020. The visit allowed members of the Unified Command to familiarize themselves with the M/V Silver Rays internal structure and systems, which are similar to those of the M/V Golden Ray, in order to identify concerns and develop contingency plans to mitigate potential issues. (Unified Command photo by Chris Graff)

PHOTO RELEASE: Completion of Pile Driving

The Weeks 531 Derrick Crane Barge approaches the Sidney Lanier Bridge on April 17, 2020, in route to Brunswick after completing its construction work for the Environmental Protection Barrier around the M/V Golden Ray. (Unified Command photo by Tyler Drapeau)

Weeks Marine installed the 80th, and final, EPB piling on Saturday, April 18, with their Weeks 526 Derrick Crane Barge. The installation of the final pile was started by using vibratory hammer, (shown above) and completed with the use of a diesel impact hammer, shown below. (Unified Command photos by Steve Curbelo)

(Unified Command photos by Steve Curbelo)

T&T Salvage installs the third and fourth lifting lugs on the M/V Golden Ray

U.S. Coast Guard photos by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow

U.S. Coast Guard photos by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow

T&T Salvage installs the third and fourth lifting lugs on the M/V Golden Ray on April 17, 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.

PHOTO RELEASE: Personal Protective Equipment donated to Georgia National Guard

ST. SIMONS, Ga. – Todd Farrar of Gallagher Marine Systems (GMS) presents a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to John Evan and David Brady, game wardens at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, April 6, for use by Georgia National Guard units helping to clean assisted living facilities in the wake of the COVID-19 virus.

Boxes of gloves and Tyvek suits were purchased by GMS and handed over by Farrar to the game wardens who will pass the equipment on to the Georgia National Guard for distribution.

Farrar received a call from Sgt. J.T. Bennet, a member of the Georgia National Guard, asking if he could help out with some PPE for his unit. Bennet explained to Farrar that he had been activated and his unit was assigned to clean nursing homes throughout Georgia, however they had quickly run out of most PPE specifically Tyvek suits suitable to protect against the COVID-19 virus. Farrar worked with Bennet extensively during the ongoing Golden Ray response and wanted to help out.

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.

St. Simons Sound Incident Response contractors to begin nighttime operations

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 simonsresponse@gmail.com.