AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
MSD Lake Worth’s area of responsibility consists of 110 miles of Intracoastal Waterway, 105 miles of Atlantic Coastline, 11 counties, and 9 navigable lakes including Lake Okeechobee. Our southern boundary is Hypoluxo Rd. in Lantana, FL, to the northern boundary of Malabar, FL, and extending west to longitude 81 30’ W.
MSD Lake Worth is a six person billeted unit that is responsible for activities and enforcement of laws, regulations and international treaties relating to U.S. and foreign vessel inspections, and examinations in support of port safety and security, and marine inspection missions. Approximately 1,500 vessels transit the Port of Palm Beach and Port of Fort Pierce annually. There are approximately 75 Coast Guard inspected passenger vessels that operate in our area of responsibility, with an additional 20 passenger vessels from other zones that have their inspections conducted here. Marine Inspectors and Port State Control Examiners take existing standards and "Lessons Learned" from casualty data and risk analysis in an effort to prevent injury or loss of life, loss of property, danger to the environment, and overall safety at sea.
There are 15 facilities in MSD Lake Worth’s AOR. 10 of these facilities are located in the Port of Palm Beach and five are located in Fort Pierce. All are regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), with four of them being Bulk Oil Facilities (33CFR154). The Port of Palm Beach and Port of Fort Pierce import diesel fuel, #2 and #6 oil, and gasoline. The cargos exported are asphalt, cement, sugar, molasses, and containerized cargo.
MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE
MSD Lake Worth works cooperatively with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL DEP), Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, allowing for quick response time to pollution incidents and marine casualties. FL DEP handles any response west of US 1 excluding the North and South Fork of the St. Lucie River and the Loxahatchee River. All facilities currently have contracted OSROs and there is approximately 5000 ft of boom at the Port of Palm Beach.
MSD Lake Worth is responsible for investigating all marine casualties occurring within the area of responsibility. The primary purpose of the investigation is to ascertain the cause(s) of an accident in order to prevent future similar casualties. Marine casualties generally consist of groundings, collisions, flooding, and loss of propulsion or steering, injury or death, damage to an aid to navigation and any incident causing property damage in excess of $25,000. Additionally, investigations are conducted to determine whether any violation of federal law or regulation has occurred. MSD Lake Worth conducts marine investigations that can include enforcement actions such as Letter of Warnings, Notice of Violations, and Civil Penalties. MSD Lake Worth also conducts personnel investigations regarding actions taken by licensed mariners and initiates Suspension and Revocation cases against their credentials.
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MSD Lake Worth
Voice: (561) 848-8868