Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge’s Response Department consists of the following divisions: Facilities, Pollution, and Ports Waterways & Coastal Security. We accomplish our task by working with multiple agencies such as industry, state, federal and local partners. We conduct facility compliance inspections, environmental and disaster response, marine event permitting and vessel boarding’s; to enforce ports and waterways safety regulations.
The Facilities Inspection Branch is responsible for overseeing MTSA Facility Inspections, Facility Response Plan Review, processing related violation cases and facility safety inspections.
The Pollution Response Division is responsible for overseeing oil & chemical spill clean-up and mitigation, processing related violation cases and Area Contingency Planning. The department works closely with other law enforcement agencies, such as FBI, and FEMA to coordinate consequence management actions during a response to incidents involving criminal actions.
The primary mission of the Pollution Response Division is emergency response to pollution incidents/hazardous substance, and Weapons of Mass Destruction WMD events. For pollution/hazardous substance, this includes containment and clean-up of oil discharges into the navigable waters of the United States and releases of hazardous substances or pollutants into the environment. COTP New Orleans serves as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) and carries out all designated responsibilities for incidents involving a known discharge or release from a commercial vessel, a vessel transfer operation, or a marine transportation related (MTR) facility. If the incident involves any other type of source, FOSC will then carry out responsibility under the National Contingency Plan (NCP), and Regional and Area Contingency Plans (ACP), by working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the fullest extent possible when requested by the EPA FOSC. Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge’s response to a discharge/release most frequently and primarily involves ensuring that responsible parties conduct an appropriate initial response and subsequent cleanup. Minimizing damage and adverse impact to the environment is paramount.