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