Enforcement Division

The Enforcement Division directs the operations of six small boat stations and five 87-foot WPBs in the execution of the Marine Safety, Living Marine Resources (LMR), Illegal Drug Interdiction, Undocumented Migrant Interdiction, Other Law Enforcement, Defense Readiness, and Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) missions. This includes coordinating all Sector assets (Prevention, Intelligence, and Command Center) to conduct mission planning and coordination with other DHS agencies and with other federl, state, and local partners to jointly mitigate the effects of maritime threats and vulnerabilities.

Phone: (757) 434-8973

Incident Managment Division

The Incident Management Division (IMD) is responsible for directing all Coast Guard incident response and mitigation operations, including Sector Search and Rescue (SAR), pollution, and all-hazards incident management response. IMD personnel coordinate with Coast Guard Auxiliary, federal agencies, state, local port partners, and maritime stakeholders for responses to pollution incidents, marine casualties, terrorism, natural disaster relief and mitigation, port contingencies, marine fire fighting, and marine transportation emergencies. IMD directs and oversees six Sector small boat stations including, but not limited to ensuring the professional training, qualification, and development of all assigned personnel and the operational readiness of all assigned assets (configuration control, operating limits and policies, and replacement of non-standard boats).

Phone: (757) 483-8567

Marine Enviromental Response

The Marine Environmental Response (MER) Branch falls within IMD and responds to reports of maritime pollution within the Sector Hampton Roads Area of Responsibility. MER personnel work closely with port partners such as the Port of Virginia, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), Virginia Department of Environmental Management (VDEM), and municipal fire departments. Department personnel serve as Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representatives (FOSCR) for clean-up, removal, and disposal during federally funded projects and responsible for enforcement of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Phone: (757) 274-5046