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WELCOME TO SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS

Sector Hampton Roads is a tenant unit located on Base Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia. The sector was established with the merging of Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads, Group Hampton Roads, and Group Eastern Shore on July 15, 2005.



Area of Responsibility

Our area of responsibility encompasses the Atlantic Coast from the Virginia/Maryland border to the Virginia/North Carolina border, and includes three recreational lakes and the busy commercial ports of Hampton Roads and Richmond.

Personnel

The team at Sector Hampton Roads includes nearly 500 Active Duty and civilian personnel, 175 Reservists, and 1,300 Auxiliarists. Sector personnel are located on Base Portsmouth and in the downtown Norfolk Federal Building.

Mission

Sector Hampton Roads is an operational field unit engaged in all facets of:
  • Search and Rescue (SAR)

  • Maritime Law Enforcement

  • Foreign and Domestic Vessel Inspections

  • Fishing, Towing, Charter and Attraction Vessel Exams

  • Marine Casualty Investigations

  • Port Safety and Security

  • Homeland Defense / Military Readiness

  • Waterways Management

  • Waterfront Facility Inspections

  • Marine Environmental Protection

  • Aids to Navigation (ATON)

Field Units

  • Six multi-mission Boat Stations

  • Five 87' Patrol Boats located at Stations Little Creek and Portsmouth

  • Three Aids-To-Navigation Teams

  • One Sector Field Office

In an average year, Sector Hampton Roads' personnel:

  • Responds to over 1,000 SAR cases and over 500 law enforcement/security cases;

  • Conducts over 550 safety inspections on U.S.-flagged vessels;

  • Conducts inspections on over 1,500 intermodal containers;

  • Conducts safety and pollution prevention boardings on over 300 of the 3,000 foreign-flag vessels entering the Port of Hampton Roads;

  • Responds to and investigates nearly 400 reports of oil and hazardous material releases, over 200 marine casualties and takes actions against Mariners who hold Coast Guard-issued credentials;

  • Inspects over 70 waterfront facilities;

  • Conducts over 300 Commercial Fishing Vessel and Towing Vessel Examinations;

  • Tracks more than 5,000 commercial ships entering the Chesapeake Bay and more than 21,000 total vessel movements through the Harbor Surveillance System;

  • Conducts hundreds of security boardings on vessels entering the port;

  • Conducts thousands of Harbor Patrols and plans/executes eleven contingency exercises for events such as oil spills and natural disasters.




National Response Center


  • Report suspicious activity at: 800-424-8802
  • Contact the NRC for oil spills, hazmat releases, and America's Waterway Watch.

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