St. Simons Island, GA — Crews working to remove the Golden Ray from the St. Simons Sound have implemented a “heavy weather” plan, anticipating effects from Tropical Storm Isaias.
Crews have secured all equipment. Tugs, barges and cranes working on the overturned vessel have relocated to ensure the safety of the crews and the public.
In a statement released Sunday by Unified Command, Tom Wiker, incident commander of Gallagher Marine Systems, said “As Hurricane Isaias approaches, the safety of our people, the public, and the environment are our foremost concerns. We are securing our vessels and equipment in accordance with our heavy weather plan and will quickly return to our normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
“Please be reminded that our environmental protection barrier was engineered to withstand severe weather conditions and that increased currents and water depth due to storm surges associated with hurricanes are not likely to move the vessel from its present location. We encourage residents to respect the safety zone surrounding the Golden Ray and to heed weather reports and port conditions.”
Removal operations have been delayed due to weather and COVID-19.
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