MV Golden Ray Salvage Operations; 23/24 October 2019

Jekyll Island – On 8 September 2019, the RoRo ship M/V Golden Ray overturned while outbound from the port in St. Simons Sound between St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island in Brunswick, GA. The Golden Ray remains overturned and salvage operations are underway as are environmental mitigation efforts. The decision has been made by the Unified Command working on the Golden Ray to disassemble the ship in place instead of trying to right it and float it away. Vessels and personnel from Donjon Marine, Moran Environmental, and the US Coast Guard are currently on scene and working on the vessel.

I’ve spent the last couple of days on Jekyll Island resting and relaxing and took the opportunity to make a couple of trips down to the Jekyll Fishing Pier and Beach to find communications from the salvage ops and take some photos of what’s going on. I never did find any radio communications from Moran Environmental, but I did find Donjon Marine communications on 156.925 MHz, Marine VHF Ch. 1078 (formerly known as 78A). A number of Donjon Marine’s vessels are in the area for the salvage operations:

  • Atlantic Enterprise (Ocean-Going Handling Tug)
  • Atlantic Salvor (Ocean-Going Handling Tug)
  • Meagan Ann (Coastal Towing Tug)
  • Columbia New York (Crane Barge)
  • Farrell 256 (Crane Barge)
  • Matthew Scott (Crew Boat)
  • Sea Explorer (Survey Vessel)

Additionally, Vane Brothers tugboat Gale from Savannah, GA is on scene with the M/V Golden Ray.

The M/V Golden Ray remains overturned in St. Simons Sound between St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island; she’ll eventually be disassembled in place
Vane Brothers tug Gale and Donjon crane barge Farrell 256 alongside the overturned M/V Golden Ray; the crane barge Columbia New York is on the other side of the Golden Ray
Donjon Marine Tug Meagan Ann and Crane Barge Farrell 256 alongside the overturned RoRo M/V Golden Ray; the crane barge Columbia New York is on the other side of the Golden Ray
The bow of M/V Golden Ray with St. Simons Lighthouse in the background
Access holes cut into the underside of the Golden Ray‘s bow
Donjon Marine tugs Atlantic Enterprise and Atlantic Salvor in St. Simons Sound
Donjon Marine tug Atlantic Enterprise in St. Simons Sound
Donjon Marine crew boat Matthew Scott alongside tugs Atlantic Enterprise and Atlantic Salvor in St. Simons Sound
Donjon Marine crew boat Matthew Scott en route to the M/V Golden Ray
Donjon Marine survey vessel Sea Explorer in St. Simons Sound
Donjon Marine 25′ safe boat en route to the M/V Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound
Vane Brothers tug Gale, Donjon Marine survey vessel Sea Explorer, & crane barge Farrell 256 alongside the M/V Golden Ray
Moran Environmental crews working on Jekyll Island’s Beach
Moran Environmental and other Unified Command personnel on Jekyll Island’s Beach
Moran Environmental boats in St. Simons Sound
Moran Environmental boats in St. Simons Sound
Moran Environmental boat Samson II in St. Simons Sound


Categories: Brunswick, Jekyll Island, M/V Golden Ray, Scanning, St. Simon's Island

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