Response Department: (419)
Response Facsimile: (419) 259-6374
Local Pollution Hotline: (419) 418-6050
After-hour Pollution Number: (419) 392-0324
National Response Center: (800) 424-8802
The Response Department handles the day-to-day waterways management issues that continually arise on our busy waterways. They are responsible for area maritime security (AMS); implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA); pollution prevention and response (Oil Pollution Act of 1990/OPA 90); Port State Control Boardings on commercial vessels; waterfront facility inspections; waterways management; emergency preparedness; and hazardous materials and explosives handling on the waterfront. Harbor safety, MTSA, and pollution prevention regulations are enforced through harbor patrols, the inspection of waterfront facilities, and random tank barge transfer monitors.
Additionally, upon the implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, the Response Department will be checking vessels and facilities to ensure that all personnel entering into secure/restricted areas per approved facility/vessel security plans are properly credentialed. Until TWIC card readers are installed at facilities, Response Department personnel will utilize portable card readers to perform this task.
The Response Department coordinates a local Sea Partners program that is implemented by active duty, reserve, and Coast Guard Auxiliary members. The Sea Partners Campaign is an environmental education and outreach program that focuses on developing community awareness of maritime pollution issues and improving compliance with marine environmental protection laws and regulations.
In the Planning Branch, the Port Security Specialists/Contingency Planners maintain all of Marine Safety Unit Toledo’s required plans. They also review and approve Facility Security Plans (MTSA-regulated facilities); provide outreach to our maritime stakeholders on a wide range of port security issues; interface with other government agencies on all port security and pollution prevention issues; and coordinate/facilitate several important committees and working groups. These committees and working groups are made up from volunteer members from the maritime and/or regulated communities within our MSU Toledo Area of Responsibility (AOR). They include:
The Planning Branch is involved in a broad scope of projects, including, but not limited to:
By increasing coordination with regional emergency management agencies, as well as local, state, and Federal emergency responders and law enforcement agencies and participating on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Response Department has greatly enhanced interagency emergency planning and response training and, concurrently, the level of response readiness in the Western Lake Erie region.