Formerly the Marine Safety Detachment (MSD), SFO Grand Haven's Prevention staff handles all vessel and facility inspections, marine investigations, and pollution incidents on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The SFO's Area of Responsibility reaches from Leland, including the Manitou Islands, to the Michigan/Indiana state line.


Report of a Marine Accident, Injury, or Death
Certain Marine Casualties must be reported to the nearest Marine Safety Detachment to the incident using a Coast Guard Form 2692. Please fill out the form and fax it to the Prevention Division at (616) 850-2584.


Form Links:
CG-2692 - Report of Vessel Casualty (with instructions)

CG-2692A - Barge Addendum

**NOTE**: The CG-2692 does not meet all reporting requirements. A notification must be made to (414) 747-7100 or via radio to the nearest Coast Guard unit.


Reporting Pollution or a Serious Incident:
Oil and chemical spills or releases and security threats or incidents must be reported to the National Response Center as soon as possible by calling (800) 424-8802.

Certain waterfront facilities must implement security plans and comply with the requirements found in 33 CFR 105.

Certain vessels must comply with MTSA regulations found in 33 CFR 104.

The MTSA-ISPS Website provides answers to may questions and keeps interested people aware of program updates.

To learn more about TWIC, click the following link: Transportation Working Identification Credential

With the implementation of the TWIC, SFO Grand Haven no longer conducts the finger printing process for Merchant Mariner Credentials. The mariner's TWIC will need to be used as proof of fingerprinting. For more information, contact the Regional Exam Center in Toledo, OH at (419) 418-6010. You can also visit theNational Maritime Center's website.


In order to be in compliance with federal regulations, all commercial charter vessels five tons or more must possess a valid Certificate of Documentation. To find out if your vessel needs to comply with this, and to begin the documentation process, visit the National Vessel Documentation Center's website.