The U.S. Coast Guard issued
a Captain of the Port (COTP) order temporarily closing Arthur Kill in the Port of New York/New Jersey between
Ward Point and Tufts Point following Friday’s explosion and fire on a barge at an oil terminal on Staten Island. The order was later modified to institute a system of controlled traffic through the waterway.
Federal, state and local agencies are continuing to fight the fire, assess the environmental impact, and enforce a safety zone around yesterday’s barge explosion and resulting fuel fire in New York Harbor
The fire is currently under control and has been contained on the pier-side fuel manifold.
A Unified Command has been established at Coast Guard Activities New York.