Namely, due to the barge’s condition the Captain of the Port ordered to cease all operations.

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The barge and associated tug, 'Jake Washington', were operating as a car ferry between Hilton Head and Daufuskie Island without the US Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection.

Additional investigation showed a lack of watertight integrity, poor condition of the vessel’s structure, excessive water in voids, firefighting deficiencies and electrical hazards.

Capt. John Reed, the sector commander, commented on the occasion:

I am grateful for the experienced marine inspectors for identifying the serious issues and unsafe conditions of this barge. Their work helped prevent a potentially catastrophic marine casualty and resulting impact to the safety of life, property and the environment

The order was issued under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act.