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NY Waterway Ferries Suspended Over Safety Issues

By ,   November 25, 2019 ,   Accidents

Nearly 2-dozen passenger ferries operated by NY Waterway have been taken out of service and "flagged for safety issues" — an impact that led to some delays Monday morning, November 25.

The USCG (Coast Guard) on Sunday announced it had ordered NY Waterway to suspend services on its total 32 ships, which its inspectors found “had damage or discrepancies significant enough to warrant a suspension of service”. Most of the issues were related to emergency systems and fire safety systems, according to Coast Guard spokesman John Hightower.

21 of 32 vessels were inspected on Saturday, November 23, with the rest performed over the past 2 weeks. 8 ships so far have received repairs and allowed to restart their service.

Port of Kingston NY (New York)

Image: Port of Kingston NY (New York), Hudson River

NY Waterway operates a total of 32 ferries year-round from 4 piers in Manhattan NYC across Hudson River to 8 locations in New Jersey, including Hoboken and Weehawken. The company also operates Brookfield Place/Battery Park City Ferry Terminal and the routes Beacon-Newburgh and Ossining-Haverstraw.