Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) St. Thomas
MSD St. Thomas is a detachment of Coast Guard Sector San Juan. The detachment's personnel maintain vigilance over the Caribbean Islands of St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. At center stage is St. Thomas, one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in the world with more than 600 cruise ships visiting each year. These ships bring in excess of 1.8 million visitors to the islands annually. Our unit conducts inspections on more than 60 cruise ships, 130 inspected small passenger vessels, 30 of which are high capacity ferry boats that carry up to 300 passengers, an estimated 225 un-inspected commercial vessels, one of the largest pleasure boat populations in the Caribbean, and three container terminals.
Our primary responsibility is the protection of the marine environment and the promotion of safe passage of marine traffic carrying passengers, oil, hazardous products and consumer goods within our area of responsibility. With eight active duty and one civilian, the officers and crew at MSD St. Thomas routinely perform all Marine Safety, Environmental Protection and Homeland Security related missions. This includes conducting small passenger vessel inspections, cruise ship examinations and port state control examinations on foreign freight vessels and Caribbean cargo vessels. In addition, the crew of MSD St. Thomas responds to and investigates pollution cases and marine casualty cases.
LCDR Rachelle Samuel LT
Supervisor Assistant Supervisor
Tel. (340) 776-3497 ext. 200 Tel. (340) 776-3497 ext. 209
3300 Veterans Drive
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Fax. (340) 774-1687
There is no military housing on St. Thomas. All assigned personnel live on the economy. Cost of living is comparable to any big city in the United States. With tourism being the number one industry St. Thomas has a number of websites with information on life in the islands.