Boston Marathon bombing leads to increased Coast Guard presence in ports and waterways

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON – Coast Guard units throughout the Northeast have increased their presence to ensure safety and security of the ports and waterways, after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

As a result of the increased patrols, the Coast Guard is able to keep the Ports of Boston, New York and New Jersey open to commercial shipping, passenger ferry transportation and recreational boating.

Boston station crews, cutters, aircraft and Maritime Safety and Security Teams from Boston and New York, along with local stations and patrol boats are operating throughout the port with a heightened awareness alongside partners and fellow first responders.

MSST Boston and New York’s response boatcrews, MSST New York’s K-9 units and maritime emergency response units randomly conduct searches aboard passenger ferries and commercial vessels as well as conducting pierside sweeps utilizing a remote operated vehicle.

The Coast Guard works every day with port partners to maintain the safety and security within the maritime community. These partners include ferries, commercial traffic, and waterside facilities.

The Coast Guard is asking the maritime community to remain vigilant and report concerns to law enforcement officials. The message continues to apply: “If you see something, say something.”

A Boston Coast Guard boat crew patrols Boston Harbor, near Boston Logan Airport, April 15, 2013, as the Coast Guard increases its presence following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joe Klinker.

A Boston Coast Guard boat crew patrols Boston Harbor, near Boston Logan Airport, April 15, 2013, as the Coast Guard increases its presence following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joe Klinker.

Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle and a boat crew from Boston patrol Boston Harbor, near Boston Logan Airport, April 15, 2013 as the Coast Guard increases its presence following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joe Klinker.

Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle and a boat crew from Boston patrol Boston Harbor, near Boston Logan Airport, April 15, 2013 as the Coast Guard increases its presence following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joe Klinker.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon Sykes and Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Rankin, maritime enforcement specialists, from Marine Safety & Security Team Boston provide security in Rowes Wharf, Boston, April 15, 2013. MSSTs possess skills, capabilities and expertise to perform a broad range of port security and harbor defense missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class MyeongHi Clegg.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon Sykes and Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Rankin, maritime enforcement specialists, from Marine Safety & Security Team Boston provide security in Rowes Wharf, Boston, April 15, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class MyeongHi Clegg.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Heinen (right), his K-9 Camilla and Lt. Ray Jackson, from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91106, in New York, scan passenger's bags prior to boarding the ferry in Boston, April 16, 2013. The MSST is providing additional screening and security in Boston Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Heinen (right), his K-9 Camilla and Lt. Ray Jackson, from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91106, in New York, scan passenger’s bags prior to boarding the ferry in Boston, April 16, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Heinen (right), his K-9 Camilla and Lt. Ray Jackson, from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91106, in New York, scan passenger's bags prior to boarding the ferry in Boston, April 16, 2013. The MSST is providing additional screening and security in Boston Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Heinen (right), his K-9 Camilla and Lt. Ray Jackson, from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91106, in New York, scan passenger’s bags prior to boarding the ferry in Boston, April 16, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson)

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew of Station New York performs a safety and security escort of a Staten Island Ferry departing Manhattan, April 17, 2013. The Coast Guard works every day with port partners to maintain the safety and security within the maritime community. These partners include ferries, commercial traffic, and waterside facilities. Following the incidents in Boston, the Coast Guard units are underway and operating with a heightened awareness alongside partners and fellow first responders. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew of Station New York performs a safety and security escort of a Staten Island Ferry departing Manhattan, April 17, 2013.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

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