Unified Command rapid response teams deploy 5,400 feet of containment boom during a preparedness exercise north of St. Simons Sound on the Intracoastal Waterway, Nov. 20, 2019. Training exercises allow response crews to adapt emergency procedures and implement better practices to protect the marine environment.
Unified Command response personnel are conducting a boom deployment exercise beginning at 9 a.m. lasting through the early afternoon, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Five boats with rapid response teams will conduct this preparedness drill north of St. Simons Sound in strategically identified locations on the Intracoastal Waterway.
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.
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.
Staging area crews reconfigure the worksite to enable public access to the Sidney Lanier Park Boat Ramp Nov. 5, 2019.
The municipal boat ramp beneath the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick reopened to the public.
The boat ramp was closed while response crews from the Unified Command utilized it to conduct operations related to the capsizing of the M/V Golden Ray in the St. Simons Sound. The public is urged to use caution in the area as response crews will still be operating.
The public should use the second entrance where an attendant will assist with traffic flow. The ramp has been impacted by operations, but will be restored once the work is complete.
A list of all available boat ramps can be found at CoastalGaDNR.org/AllBoatRamps. Anyone with questions may contact CRD at 912-264-7218.