USCG Steps Up Security at Northeast Ports Following Boston Bombings

BOSTON - Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Boston crews patrol in Boston Harbor aboard their 49-foot Stern Loading Buoy Boat (BUSL) April 17, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo
BOSTON – Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Boston crews patrol in Boston Harbor aboard their 49-foot Stern Loading Buoy Boat (BUSL) April 17, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday said its units throughout the Northeast¬†have increased their presence to ensure safety and security of the ports and waterways following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

As a result, the Coast Guard said it has been able to keep the Ports of Boston, New York and New Jersey open to commercial shipping, passenger ferry transportation and recreational boating.

Boston station crews, cutters, aircraft and Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST) from Boston and New York, along with local stations and patrol boats are operating throughout the port with a heightened awareness.

MSST Boston and New York’s response boatcrews, MSST New York’s K-9 units and maritime emergency response units are randomly conducting searches aboard passenger ferries and commercial vessels as well as conducting pierside sweeps utilizing a remote operated vehicle.

The Coast Guard is asking the maritime community to remain vigilant and report concerns to law enforcement officials. The message continues to apply: “If you see something, say something.”

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew of Station New York performs a safety and security escort of a Staten Island Ferry departing Manhattan, April 17, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo
NEW YORK – A Coast Guard 25-foot response boat crew of Station New York performs a safety and security escort of a Staten Island Ferry departing Manhattan, April 17, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo
BOSTON - Members from Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston conduct pier sweeps at Coast Guard Sector Boston utilizing a remote operated vehicle, April 17, 2013.  US Coast Guard Photo
BOSTON – Members from Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston conduct pier sweeps at Coast Guard Sector Boston utilizing a remote operated vehicle, April 17, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo