Coast Guard terminates commercial fishing vessel voyage for safety concerns

Coast Guard District 1 NewsNEW YORK – A Coast Guard boarding team from Station New Haven, Conn., terminated a vessel voyage in the New Haven Harbor Wednesday.

While performing routine vessel safety checks, the Coast Guard boarding team noted three violations: the 40-foot commercial fishing vessel had inadequate firefighting equipment, expired signal flares and excessive fuel in its bilges.

“Our primary concern is always the safety of the maritime community,” said John Olsen, a Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., command duty officer. “Winter conditions on the water can be dangerous here; it’s important mariners are properly equipped to handle the challenges on the water.”

The Coast Guard towed the vessel to its homeport in New Haven after it became disabled during the safety boarding. The Coast Guard will follow up with the owner to ensure the correction of violations.

The Coast Guard stresses the importance of having the required safety equipment on board commercial and recreational vessels at all times.

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