The Sector North Carolina Prevention Department combines pollution response, marine investigations, waterways watch, Aids to navigations service and commercial fishing examinations. The Marine Safety personnel of the Prevention department provide professionalism, expertise, and quick response to the recreational and commercial boating community. The Marine Safety personnel conducts annual "in the water" inspections and regular drydock examinations on more than 40 passenger vessels and performs quarterly inspections on the eight inspected ferries operated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. These inspections are to help ensure the safety of passengers and crew on board these vessels and include testing of lifesaving equipment, inspection of machinery, and examination and testing of navigation equipment. Inspections also focus on environmental protection through the inspection and testing of required pollution prevention equipment.
They also investigate marine casualties associated directly or indirectly with commercial vessels and pollution investigation and clean-up response. These casualties include vessel fires, collisions, allisions, groundings, equipment failures, and diving accidents. These casualty investigations are to determine the cause of the casualty and make recommendations to prevent their reoccurrence and/or take suspension or revocation action against the mariner if misconduct or negligence has occurred.
Department personnel serve as Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representatives (FOSCR) for clean-up, removal,
and disposal during federally funded projects and are responsible for enforcement of the Federal Water
Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), and the Comprehensive
Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
24-Hour Operations Center
Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement or Marine Casualty
Oil/HAZMAT Spill, Port Security or other Marine Emergency Report