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United States Coast Guard EmblemPrevention

Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge’s Prevention Department consists of the following divisions: Inspections, Investigations, and Port State Control. We accomplish our tasks by working with multiple agencies such as industry, state, federal and local partners. We conduct vessel compliance inspections, marine casualty investigations, and foreign vessel safety inspections and security examinations.

Mississippi River


Coast Guard Inspectors are tasked with inspecting U. S. vessels to determine their level of compliance with applicable statues, regulations, and Coast Guard policy concerning their structure, equipment, manning and general seaworthiness for the routes and services in which they operate. Marine Inspectors also provide shipyard inspections of new construction, alterations, and repairs of vessels.


The Coast Guard investigates marine casualties and allegations of improper Merchant Mariner actions to determine cause, and to prevent future occurences.

Port State Control

Port State Control Officers verify that all foreign state flagged vessels operating in U.S. waters are in substatial compliance with international conventions, as well as U.S. laws, regulations, and treaties.

Waterways Management Division

Waterways Management is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our waterways. Under the Captain of the Port, we serve a vital link between the maritime community, recreational boaters, the public, and other interested agencies while providing marine events and safety and security zones. To promote safe navigation, we work closely with a number of industry partners, other agencies and Coast Guard units including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local pilots and port authorities.

Towing Vessels

Annually, more than 12,000 towing vessels transit through Baton Rouge. The Coast Guard is responsible for examining these vessels and ensuring they are in compliance with current U.S. laws and regulations. The Coast Guard is moving toward a more stringent inspections program of towing vessels due to the large volume of products they transport.

Last Modified 9/19/2013