Joint Operation Rolls to Keep Highways Safe

Joint inspections teams traveled through the Conley Marine Terminal in the Port of Boston  looking for containerized cargo that was carrying undocumented, improperly stowed or improperly documented hazardous material.

BOSTON – Coast Guard inspectors from Sector Boston joined forces today with 15 other federal, state and local agencies in a multi-agency strike force operation designed to reinforce the cooperation between the agencies involved in the regulation of hazardous materials shipped through the Port of Boston and on Boston ‘s highways by inter-modal containers.

Joint inspections teams traveled through the Conley Marine Terminal in the Port of Boston looking for containerized cargo that was carrying undocumented, improperly stowed or improperly documented hazardous material. Additionally, another joint inspection team conducted inspections of containerized cargo at the I-95 Rowely weigh station.

During the day long operation more than 85 containers were inspected. Zero containers were discovered to have improperly stowed, undocumented or improperly documented hazardous material. Three containers were taken out of service due to structural damage that made the containers unsafe for inter-modal transportation.

In addition to verifying that containerized cargo moving through Boston is in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, this operation exercised coordination between the many agencies responsible for containerized cargo shipments and capitalized upon the inspection, enforcement and response capabilities of Massachusetts State Police, MASSPORT, MASSPORT Fire HAZMAT, DEA, Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, Customs and Border Protection, National Cargo Bureau, Executive Office of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, NOAA, ATF and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“This joint agency operation is the perfect example of the terrific cooperation the Coast Guard shares with different Boston agencies and partners,” said Capt Jim McDonald, Commanding Officer Coast Guard Sector Boston. “Everyone brings a unique and specialized skill to the table. We learn from each other and in the process promote regulatory compliance and public safety.”

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