Scrap barge catches fire while moored in Jersey City

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(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) — The Jersey City Fire Department, New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force, the U.S. Coast Guard and New York Fire Department (FDNY) responded to a scrap barge fire Sunday in Jersey City.

Coast Guard Sector New York watch standers received an initial call of a fire aboard a scrap metal barge moored at Sims Metal in Jersey City at 11:30 a.m.

A Coast Guard Station New York response boat crew, along with Sector New York prevention and response teams, joined multiple area agencies, including the Jersey City Fire Department, two New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force vessels and an FDNY fireboat as part of a joint response to the ongoing incident.

There have been no reports of injuries on the barge. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No marine pollution has been reported as a result of the incident. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor firefighting efforts and assess environmental impacts.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff