SECTOR SAN JUAN
Resident Inspection Office Ponce
Resident Inspection Office (RIO) Ponce is located in
Ponce, PR. Puerto Rico's second
largest city, “La Ciudad de los Leones” (City of Lions). Ponce is situated
on the south coast of Puerto Rico, a one and a half hour drive from San
Juan. RIO Ponce is co-located with the Customs and Border Protection
Maritime Unit, near the popular La Guancha and Ponce Playa.
Resident Inspection Office Ponce performs a wide
range of Marine Safety roles.
With only 4 active duty personnel, RIO Ponce helps maintain the safety and
security of the ports in the south and west coasts of Puerto Rico.
- Conducting Port State Control vessel inspections
on foreign ships in five south and west coast ports: Mayaguez, Guanica,
Guayanilla, Ponce, and Guayama. This includes Liquefied Natural Gas
tankers, Oil & Chemical tankers, Freight Vessels, and the rare Cruise
- Inspecting a fleet of twenty-one Small Passenger
Vessels, better known as “T” boats. These “T” boats carry passengers for
hire to tourist destinations such as La Parguera’s Phosphorescent Bay,
Guanica’s Gilligan’s Island, Mona & Desecheo Islands, and to Coffin
Island from Ponce.
- Conducting Safety & Security inspections on 21
Designated Waterfront Facilities. This includes oil, chemical, LNG &
LPG, and general freight facilities.
- Investigating pollution incidents on over 100
miles of coastline, from Maunabo to Aguadilla. Because of aggressive
prevention campaigns by the Coast Guard in recent years, oil spills have
declined considerably on the south and west coasts of Puerto Rico.
LT Javier E. Lopez
Calle Bonaire #41
Ponce, PR 00716
Tel. (787) 284-4823
Fax. (787) 284-4738
Life in Ponce
Ponce has much to offer in the area.
Local activities are numerous, particularly water sports such as
windsurfing, kite surfing, diving/snorkeling, and sailing. There are
plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from, including the spectacular
“Caracoles” in La Parguera, reachable only by small boat. A modern
shopping mall keeps shoppers happy, but culture is what really defines
Ponce and the surrounding areas.
Although the area is bilingual, Spanish is the dominant language.
For additional information on life and entitlements at RIO Ponce,
please see our
Welcome Aboard Letter.
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Last Modified 7/16/2015