The Weeks 541 places a shipping container into the St. Simons Sound off St. Simons Island, Georgia, near the Motor Vessel Golden Ray on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Crews will soon place multiple containers in arcs around the bow and stern of Golden Ray in an effort to reduce tidal flow effects during salvage operations.
Contractors are using sonar technology to guide the accurate placement of the containers in real time. (Unified Command photo by Neal Williams).
(Environmental Protection Barrier To Be Built Around Golden Ray; Wreck Removal Finalized | Feb 6) – The Unified Command (UC) for the St. Simons Sound Incident Response and assisting organizations are actively engaged in finalizing plans for the construction of an environmental protection barrier (EPB) to be built around the motor vessel Golden Ray.
The vessel’s owner and the UC are working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District, to obtain the required permits to begin construction of the EPB. The UC will release details about EPB construction plans and the wreck removal once required permits are issued.
USACE issued a public notice Wednesday indicating that the construction plan could potentially impact the federal navigation channel. The notice is open for public comment until Feb. 4.