Ensuring Public Safety - Hazmat Transport

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Inspectors with several federal and State of Hawaii agencies joined forces to enforce hazardous materials shipping requirements and standards in several key Hawaii ports.

The U.S. Coast Guard helped organized the 2008 Multi Agency Strike Force Operation (MASFO 2008) on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, Nov. 12-14. The MASFO focused attention on the enforcement of hazardous materials shipping requirements and shipping container material condition safety standards.

The operation also helped foster partner agency interoperability, while improving overall safety throughout Hawaii's ports and waterways.

Inspectors from the federal and state Departments of Transportation, Customs and Border Protection, National Cargo Bureau, State of Hawaii Public Safety and Agriculture Departments, and several Coast Guard units joined forces to work with shipping companies and facilities.

Inspectors from the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu, Marine Safety Teams Maui and Hawaii and from Sector Honolulu participated in the MASFO.

Oahu teams inspected 106 hazardous and general cargo containers in Honolulu Harbor and found just eight separate deficiencies. Maui teams inspected nine containers in Kahului Harbor and identified two small deficiencies while Big Island teams inspected 23 containers in Kawaihae and Hilo, identifying and correcting two separate deficiencies.

(Source: U.S. Coast Guard)

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