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Press Release | Jan. 5, 2024

Coast Guard to discuss details for upcoming hearing regarding Newark ship fire investigation

WHO: Cmdr. Chris Barger, the Coast Guard’s lead investigating officer

WHAT: Coast Guard to discuss details of upcoming hearing for the investigation into the cause of the fire aboard the Grande Costa D’Avorio  

WHEN: Tuesday at 1 p.m.  

WHERE: Union Township City Council Chambers at 1976 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083.  

Editor’s note: Media interested in attending must RSVP to by noon Tuesday. Media should be prepared to show government issued ID and media credentials to access the event. Media will be allowed access starting at 12:30 p.m.  

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning Wednesday at Union Township City Council Chambers to consider evidence related to the fire abord the Grande Costa D’Avorio.

The hearing will be open to the public, as well as broadcast live and recorded, here, to ensure public access and participation with the proceedings.

The hearing will focus on the condition of the Grande Costa D’Avorio prior to and at the time of the fire, the cargo loading process for vehicles at the port of Newark, initial response actions by the ship’s crew, and response to the fire by local land-based fire departments.

The fire aboard the Grande Costa D’Avorio occurred at the Port of Newark during cargo loading operations July 5, 2023. 

Additional information about the hearing, to include the schedule, fact sheets and biographies, as well as any future news releases and documentation can be found here.

The Coast Guard has provided an email address for the public and interested parties to provide information, ask questions and make comments related to the ongoing investigation and scheduled hearing. This email will be checked regularly, and all correspondence will be acknowledged. The email address is, please use subject line Newark ship fire.