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Press Release | July 11, 2023

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Unified Command to provide update on vessel fire at Port Newark

Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending must RSVP at or 609-922-1293 by 10:30 a.m. to ensure access and parking availability.

WHO: Capt. Zeita Merchant, U.S. Coast Guard captain of the port and federal on-scene coordinator, Kevin Perry, vice president of emergency management at Gallagher Marine Systems and representative of the ship operator, Bethann Rooney, the Port Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Fire Chief Rufus Jackson, Newark Fire Department

WHAT: Unified Command to provide situation update on response efforts regarding the fire on the motor vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio at Port Newark.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 11 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The corner of Export Street and Marsh Street in Port Newark, New Jersey. Follow onsite Port Authority Police Department instructions for media parking. 

PORT NEWARK, New Jersey – The Unified Command in charge of the ongoing salvage and response efforts at Port Newark will provide an update on the motor vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio, which caught fire July 5 around 9:30 p.m.