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Press Release | March 11, 2024

Coast Guard to conduct final planned testimony for the Grande Costa D’Avorio Hearing

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold the final planned witness testimony Wednesday in support of the ongoing investigation into the fire that occurred on July 5, 2023 aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel, Grande Costa D’Avorio, while docked at the Port of Newark, New Jersey. 

The video of testimony will be posted to the investigation’s website at by Thursday morning. 

Wednesday’s scheduled testimony is from Deputy Chief Alfonse Carlucci of the Newark Fire Department. 

Carlucci is the last planned testimony to be given during the fact gathering phase of the investigation.  

At a future date, both the Coast Guard and NTSB will issue separate reports of findings, which will include the respective agency’s official determination of the probable cause of this incident and recommendations to correct safety problems discovered during the investigations. 

Once the Coast Guard’s investigation has concluded, the report of findings will be published to the investigation site and shared via news release.