JERSEY CITY, NJ — A barge accident occurred on Sunday, August 14, around 10:45 a.m when hundreds of tons of steel and iron fell from a shipping crane in Jersey City.
Officials said that some of the metal landed in the waters that lead into the Upper New York Bay. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.
Daniel Strechay, a spokesman for Sims Metal Management, which owns the recycling operation, said that the bulk metal tonnage fragmented from the crushed cars did not contain hazardous materials.
New Jersey State Police Sgt. Brian Polite also confirmed there were no hazardous materials involved. The troopers’ marine unit responded from Newark Bay, as did several other agencies.
No one was injured in the accident, Polite said.
Some of the metal, which was being loaded onto a barge when it became unstable and tipped, landed on the company’s property, Strechay said this afternoon. The remainder fell into Claremont Channel, an inlay off the Upper New York Bay that provides access to Jersey City’s Greenville Yards. It’s adjacent to Liberty National Golf Course.
Strechay said the company expects to start a recovery operation for the metals this week once it receives government approval. The incident is minor, he said.
“It will have no effect on routine marine commerce,” the spokesman said. “It’s basically at the foot of our property, in our loading area.”