MSD Sturgeon bay is charged with emergency response to pollution incidents throughout Northeast Wisconsin.. This includes containment and clean-up of oil discharges and hazardous substances introduced into the navigable waters of the United States. Whether the incident involves a few gallons of diesel from a pleasure boat or thousands of gallons of fuel oil from a large vessel, our pollution responders use the best tools and contract the best equipment and personnel to clean up the spill and lessen environmental damage. Our personnel are trained in Incident Command System procedures and carry the qualifications of Pollution Investigators (PI) and Federal On Scene Coordinator Representative (FOSCR). By all available means we ensure persons responsible for discharges are contacted and directed to initiate mitigation and clean-up action. In a joint effort to minimize damage to the environment caused by pollutants, the Marine Safety Detachment coordinates response efforts to spills with other involved agencies, including Federal, State and local entities.
MSD Sturgeon Bay has several other functions besides pollution response, including:
Inspections of all the Marine Transportation Related Facilities in our zone to ensure compliance with all applicable federal safety regulations.
Performing harbor, anchorage, and waterfront patrols for pollution incidents.
Obtaining evidence and prepare violation reports for pollution incidents requiring civil or criminal penalty.
Testing response guidance as set forth in the area contingency plan.
Assisting in educating the marine industry and public about pollution prevention.
Conducting the Sea Partners program Handing Marine Violation / Notice Of Violation/ Marine Casualty cases (citations for pollution incidents, or for failure to comply with certain regulations).
The Federal Government requires that the National Response Center (1-800-424-8802) be notified by the responsible party for the release or discharge of any oil, product or hazardous substance. Failure to notify or deliberately discharging can lead to criminal penalties.