Category Archives: Response Imagery

Photo Release: Rappelling into the Golden Ray

Response crews repel into the hull of M/V Golden Ray and clear a path for oil spill equipment to safely remove oil from the steering gear room, St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Nov. 5, 2019. The complex pollution recovery and mitigation operations in a ship of this magnitude demands methodical planning and meticulous execution.

Response crews repel into the hull of M/V Golden Ray and clear a path for oil spill equipment to safely remove oil from the steering gear room, St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Nov. 5, 2019. The complex pollution recovery and mitigation operations in a ship of this magnitude demands methodical planning and meticulous execution.

Photo Release: Air Quality Monitoring

Unified Command response team members Jeff Walker, left, and Sam Atazadeh, air quality specialists, record data from readings taken on multi-gas-monitors, St. Simons Island, Georgia, Oct. 30, 2019. The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command conducted daily air quality monitoring in real-time to ensure the safety of the public in the communities surrounding the capsized M/V Golden Ray.

Photo Release: Rock Blanket

A knuckle boom excavator picks up 1-to-3-inch rock-aggregate from a container barge in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 29, 2019. The excavator guided by sonar and GPS, strategically places the rock next to the hull of the M/V Golden Ray to slow erosion.

Unified Command response crews begin operations to reduce further erosion of the seafloor around the M/V Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 29, 2019. Sonar and GPS technology guide a knuckle boom excavator as it places 1-to-3-inch rock-aggregate next to the hull of the vessel to slow erosion.

Unified Command response crews begin operations to reduce further erosion by placing a rock “blanket” adjacent to the hull of the M/V Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 29, 2019. Sonar and GPS technology guide a knuckle boom excavator as it places 1-to-3-inch rock-aggregate next to the hull.

Photo Release: Cargo Hold Lidar Imagery

A cargo assessment takes place on the fourth deck aboard the capsized M/V Golden Ray in the St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 4, 2019. The Unified Command used laser technology to analyze the inaccessible cargo-hold, which produced 3-D images of inside the grounded vessel.

A cargo assessment takes place on the ninth deck aboard the capsized M/V Golden Ray in the St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 4, 2019. The Unified Command used laser technology to analyze the inaccessible cargo-hold, which produced 3-D images of inside the grounded vessel.

A cargo assessment takes place on the ninth deck aboard the capsized M/V Golden Ray in the St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 8, 2019. The Unified Command used laser technology to analyze the inaccessible cargo-hold, which produced 3-D images of inside the grounded vessel.

Photo Release: St. Simons Sound Water Quality Monitoring

St. Simons Sound Incident water quality team member Laura Hassold Prévot, environmental scientist, retrieves a water sample from the St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 17, 2019. The Unified Command implemented a water sample collection program at 22 sites to monitor the quality of the waters around the capsized motor vessel Golden Ray.

St. Simons Sound Incident water quality team members Laura Hassold Prévot, environmental scientist, and Julian Tabron, staff geologist, collect a water sample from the upper MacKay River, Georgia, Oct. 17, 2019. The Unified Command implemented a water sample collection program at 22 sites to monitor the quality of the waters around the capsized motor vessel Golden Ray.

A St. Simons Sound Incident water quality team member analyzes the pH level of a water sample, upper MacKay River, Georgia, Oct. 17, 2019. The Unified Command implemented a water sample collection program at 22 sites to monitor the quality of the waters around the capsized motor vessel Golden Ray.

A St. Simons Sound Incident safety boat patrols the perimeter of the capsized motor vessel Golden Ray as it lays grounded on its side in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 17, 2019. A Unified Command, comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems, was established to oversee and direct cleanup and removal efforts, as well as to keep recreational boaters away from the vessel to maintain public safety.

St. Simons Sound Incident salvors work aboard the capsized motor vessel Golden Ray as it lays grounded on its side in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, Oct. 17, 2019. The Unified Command, comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems, was established to oversee and direct cleanup and removal efforts.

Unified Command Continues St. Simons Sound Incident Response: Update 24

Date: 10.10.19

Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command continues its response to the M/V Golden Ray incident. On-water operations have resumed following a pause due to heavy weather. Lightering operations have now removed more than 220,000 gallons of fuel from the vessel. More than 400 personnel and 70 vessels are currently responding to the incident.

Response teams continue to canvass the shoreline for oil-impacts and conduct environmental protection techniques including applying a sphagnum moss-based sorbent to oiled marsh grass in areas of the south shore of the Brunswick River between the I-95 bridge and Cedar Creek. Sphagnum, a standard oil spill recovery technique for marsh areas, binds to the oil to prevent it from spreading and allow for its natural degradation. Additional response teams are patrolling area beaches to recover any tar balls which have come ashore using proper safety equipment and appropriate tools.

Specialists from the Unified Command are conducting water monitoring at 22 sites under a long term plan to ensure the safety of the public. The Georgia Department of Health has issued a swimming and fishing advisory, and members of the public are encouraged to visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website or call (844) 863-0325 for further public health information and advisories. 

Members of the public should not touch oil or attempt to rescue oiled birds or wildlife. They should instead report any sightings of oil to (800) 424-8802 and report any oiled wildlife to (800) 261-0980

A claims number has been established for those affected by the incident (888) 850-8486.

St. Simons response personnel

Response personnel apply a sphagnum moss-based sorbent to freshly oiled marsh grass on Oct. 8. Spaghnum is used in marsh areas to prevent the spread of fresh oil and allow for its natural degradation.

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Specialists are conducting sampling water quality at 22 sites in areas surrounding the vessel. Results of the testing are analyzed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and Georgia Department of Public Health for any contaminants from the M/V Golden Ray.

Unified Command Continues St. Simons Sound Incident Response: Update 23

Date: 10.7.19

Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122


The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command continues its response to the Motor Vessel Golden Ray. Due to heavy weather and concern for crew safety, on-site operations have been partially suspended. 

 The National Weather Service has issued a Marine Weather statement for the area cautioning mariners of wind gusts up to 33 knots, higher than average wave heights, and lightning strikes. On water operations and salvage crews are standing by until weather conditions improve.

“A great deal of judgment is required when assessing if weather conditions are too rough to conduct specific operations. Responders must have certain levels of visibility to safely operate equipment such as boats and cranes. High winds and rough seas can prevent some equipment from functioning properly. Safety is our top priority.” – CMDR Norm Witt, USCG, Federal On Scene Coordinator

As of Monday, Salvage workers have removed over 198,000 gallons of fuel.

Response teams continue to canvass the shoreline for oil-impacted areas and conduct environmental protection techniques to mitigate further impact. There are currently 487 personnel and 87 vessels responding to the incident.

 A claims number has been established for those affected by the incident (888) 850-8486.

The Georgia Department of Health has issued a swimming and fishing advisory, and members of the public are encouraged to visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website or call (844) 863-0325 for further public health information and advisories. Specialists continue to actively monitor air and water quality around the vessel, Jekyll Island, and St. Simons Island.

 The Unified Command is partnering with local stakeholder groups to track and evaluate reported sightings of oil, including working with permitted wildlife specialists to locate, examine and rehabilitate potentially oiled wildlife. 

Members of the public should not touch oil or attempt to rescue oiled birds or wildlife. They should instead report any sightings of oil to (800) 424-8802 and report any oiled wildlife to (800) 261-0980

  Weather Conditions Temporarily suspend on-water salvage operations due to safety concerns. CLICK ABOVE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO.

 

Unified Command Continues St. Simons Sound Incident Response: Update 22

Vessels from the St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command conduct salvaging operations on the motor vessel Golden Ray in Brunswick, Ga, Sept. 30, 2019. (CLICK ABOVE FOR FULL RESOLUTION PHOTO)

 

 

Members of a salvage team check placement of a containment boom around the grounded motor vessel Golden Ray off the coast of St. Simons Island, Ga on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2019. The floating system helps prevent the spread of oil and other liquids that may leak from the grounded boat. (CLICK ABOVE FOR FULL RESOLUTION PHOTO)

 

 

SCAT and cleanup teams for the St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command canvass the shoreline looking for oil-impacted areas in Brunswick, Ga, Oct. 4, 2019. (CLICK ABOVE FOR FULL RESOLUTION PHOTO)

 

 

Representatives of the St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command host an informational booth at CoastFest 2019 in Brunswick, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Members of the Unified Command were on-hand to address comments and questions from the community. (CLICK ABOVE FOR FULL RESOLUTION PHOTO)

Unified Command Continues St. Simons Sound Incident Response: Update 20

Date: 10.2.19
Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command continues its response to the Motor Vessel Golden Ray. Salvage workers continue to lighter the vessel and they have removed over 136,000 gallons of fuel as of Wednesday. The source of the oil discharge that occurred on Monday afternoon has been located and secured.

Skimming vessels are continuing to recover oil from the water while response teams continue to canvass the shoreline to mitigate impacted areas. There are currently 315 response personnel out in the field helping to mitigate and report on environmental impacts. 14,700 feet of containment boom has been deployed to protect sensitive areas and booming strategies continue to be optimized based on the evolving response efforts and changing environmental conditions. 

“The Unified Command continues to prioritize environmental protection and pollutant recovery. Yesterday, cleanup crews were deployed to Jekyll Island where they cleaned 1.5 miles of shoreline. Currently, we are also assessing impacted marsh in the sound and associated tributaries, and developing cleanup methods for those affected areas.”  – Jed Hewitt, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, State On Scene Coordinator.

The Georgia Department of Health has issued an advisory alerting swimmers and recreational fishers to the potential presence of oil on the beaches of Jekyll Island. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website or call (844) 863-0325 for public health information and advisories. Specialists continue to actively monitor air and water quality around the vessel, Jekyll Island, and St. Simons Island.

 The Unified Command is working with local stakeholder groups to track and evaluate reported sightings of oil. Members of the public should not touch oil or attempt to rescue oiled birds or wildlife. They should instead report any sightings of oil to (800) 424-8802 and report any oiled wildlife to (800) 261-0980. 

A claims number has been established for those affected by the incident (888) 850-8486.

Clean up crews spray sphagnum moss, a peat absorbent, to freshly oiled marsh grass at the mouth, and along the banks, of Cedar Creek.

Responders bagging oiled vegetation on the south bank of the Brunswick River.