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PORT NEWARK, New Jersey – The Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Newark Fire Department, and Gallagher Marine Systems, which was formed to respond to the July 5 fire on the motor vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio at Port Newark, was stood down Wednesday.
Through the coordinated efforts of dedicated personnel and the utilization of specialized equipment, the fire was contained and extinguished, minimizing potential risks and damage. Throughout the response, air and water monitoring was conducted around the vessel and the surrounding areas and have resulted in no detections above hazardous levels.
As the fire response phase concludes, the focus has now shifted toward investigation and salvage operations. Salvage operations will encompass the safe removal and recovery of the affected vessel, with the primary objective of minimizing any potential impact on the environment.
A comprehensive formal investigation will be launched to determine the root causes and contributing factors leading to the shipboard fire. The investigation will be led by the Coast Guard in tandem with federal, state, and local entities including the National Transportation Safety Board, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Jersey State Fire Marshal, New Jersey State Police, Newark Fire Arson Division, Essex County Prosecutor and a host of safety agencies to ensure we gain a critical and necessary understanding of the incident. Due to the investigation, access to the area is now restricted, including to media.
The Coast Guard will provide regular updates regarding the progress of salvage operations, investigation findings, and any necessary actions to ensure the ongoing safety and security of maritime operations at Port Newark.
In addition to the Unified Command, the joint information center has also been demobilized.
Questions for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey can be directed to the Port Authority’s Office of Media Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-435-7777.
Questions for Gallagher Marine Systems can be directed to email@example.com.
Questions for the Newark Fire Department can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further questions on this response, contact the U.S. Coast Guard 1st District at 617-603-8500 or D1PublicAffairs@uscg.mil.