Inspectors suggested that the 23 vessels in particular had damage or discrepancies significant enough to justify the suspension of operations. Whatsoever, it is said that two of the vessels have been re-inspected and then returned to usual operations.


After detecting multiple discrepancies during routine vessel inspections over the past weeks, the Coast Guard conducted an inspection of 100% of the operational fleet of New York Waterway, which currently operates 32 ferries in the New York area, including 21 vessels alone on Saturday.

Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York said that “We know many people rely on these ferries for daily commutes, and as these discrepancies are rectified, we will work with New York Waterway to return these ferries to operations as quickly as possible,” further adding that

The safety of the public is our top priority, and we expect our ferry operators to uphold the highest standards.

Lastly, it is noted that no regular routes are to be cancelled for Monday morning, whatsoever, some Hudson County services may be delayed.

Due to the lack of enacted appropriation or continuing resolution, the US Coast Guard is required to execute an orderly suspension of some operations and activities. USCG will continue operations authorized by law that provide for national security, or that protect life and property. However, some administrative functions will be limited.

Earlier in November, the Marine Safety Center issued the 24th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

The treatment principle of the HANLA IMS EcoGuardian Ballast Water Treatment System consists of filtration with electrolysis treatment at uptake and neutralization during discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 130 m3/h and 4,000 m3/h.