USCG finds many New York ferries unfit for service

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 25 November 2019


A week of intense inspections has seen the US Coast Guard (USCG) suspend operation of a high number of commuter ferries in New York’

The Coast Guard ordered 23 New York Waterway ferries to suspend service over the last week after a series of inspections found the vessels to be operationally unfit. USCG Sector New York marine inspectors determined the 23 ferries had damage or discrepancies significant enough to warrant a suspension of service. So far, two of those vessels have been re-inspected and returned to normal operations.

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“The safety of the public is our top priority, and we expect our ferry operators to uphold the highest standards,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York. “We know many people rely on these ferries for daily commutes, and as these discrepancies are rectified, we will work with New York Waterway to return these ferries to operations as quickly as possible.”

New York Waterway currently operates 32 ferries in the New York area. Upon discovering multiple discrepancies during routine vessel inspections over the past two weeks, the Coast Guard conducted inspections of the whole operational fleet, including 21 vessels alone on Saturday.

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