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Coast Guard returns majority of New York Waterway ferries to service

Christian Fernsby |
The Coast Guard has returned all but five of 23 New York Waterway ferries to service that had been initially suspended for a series of safety concerns in the week leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Topics: COAST GUARD    NEW YORK    FERRIES   

In order to ensure continued compliance with safety standards, the Coast Guard will be indefinitely increasing inspections across the entire New York Waterway fleet.

“The safety of the passengers that ride these ferries is our top priority,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York.

“We expect passenger vessels to be in compliance with safety standards and ready for inspection at all times. We know many people rely on these ferries for their daily commutes, and we will continue to work with New York Waterway to ensure sustained compliance with Coast Guard safety requirements.

"As part of this effort, we will be increasing both scheduled and unannounced inspections of their fleet moving forward.”

Coast Guard Sector New York marine inspectors determined the impacted ferries had damage or discrepancies significant enough to warrant suspension of operations.

Findings included inoperable fixed fire extinguishing systems and bilge alarms; expired lifesaving equipment; and structural damage affecting watertight integrity.

In addition to these scheduled inspections, Coast Guard personnel also conduct unannounced and post-casualty response inspections to ensure compliance with safety standards.


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