Coast Guard increases presence in ports and waterways

BOSTON – Coast Guard units throughout the Northeast have increased their presence to ensure safety and security of the ports and waterways after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

As a result of the increased patrols, the Coast Guard is able to keep the ports of Boston, and 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 from Boston and New York, along with local stations and patrol boats, are operating throughout the ports with a heightened awareness alongside partners and other first responders.

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

The Coast Guard works every day with port partners to maintain the safety and security within the maritime community. These partners include ferries, commercial traffic, and waterside facilities.

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.”

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