The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New York and also New Jersey has actually provided an order to Bouchard Transportation Company calling for that 3 pull and also gas barge systems presently secured in New York Harbor right away be vacated anchorage and also tied at a secure berth.
The Coast Guard states they will certainly be called for to continue to be at risk-free berth up until going through added security evaluations to identify they are in shape to go back to solution.
As an outcome of current security checks, the Coast Guard has actually identified the functional problem of these vessels postures a threat to the security of New York and also New Jersey rivers. Specifically, states the Coast Guard, Bouchard has actually been not able to continually keep risk-free gas and also manning degrees aboard these vessels, and also does not have appropriate backups in position for emergency situation climate or various other problems calling for motion within the port.
“My number one priority is to ensure not only the safety of the public and our waterways, but the health and well-being of the crews who do the difficult and hazardous work of operating these vessels,” claimedCapt Jason Tama, Captain of the Port ofNew York “This is not an action we wanted to take, however, we have a responsibility to keep our waterways safe, and Bouchard’s inability to maintain safe operational conditions aboard these tugs and fuel barges has forced me to take this step.”
There are presently 3 various other Bouchard pull and also gas barge systems at support along with numerous various other Bouchard vessels tied at piers in New York and alsoNew Jersey
The Coast Guard states it is presently carefully keeping an eye on these added vessels to guarantee they do not present a risk to the security of the port.