Photos: Two Yachts Burn and Sink at New Jersey Marina

Images courtesy Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Department

Published Dec 17, 2019 9:51 PM by The Maritime Executive

The U.S. Coast Guard is overseeing the management of a diesel discharge from two sunken vessels at Seaview Harbor Marina in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a call from local police dispatch about a fire on two large boats at the marina at about 0150 hours on Monday. According to the local fire department, the blaze started at about 0100 hours. It took about five hours and the assistance of a National Guard firefighting truck to get under control. The vessels sank later that morning. 

Images courtesy Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Department

According to the Coast Guard, the estimated maximum potential for the fuel discharge is about 2,000 gallons of diesel. There have been no reports injuries or of impacts to wildlife.

“Our pollution investigators are on-scene and overseeing commercial cleanup operations,” said Chief Petty Officer Christopher Brady, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Our goal is to ensure safe operations and to help mitigate environmental impacts resulting from the discharge.”

The owners are drafting a salvage plan for the Coast Guard's approval. The cause of the incident is under investigation.