Lt. John Santorum, USCG was the guest speaker at the May meeting of the Williamsburg Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is currently at Sector Hampton Roads Prevention Department as a Marine Inspector and he spoke about port security and his job inspecting vessels. It was a fascinating presentation.
Lt. Santorum has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 8 years. He studied at University of Hawaii and graduated from Chaminade, University of Hunolulu with a degree in International Business and Entrepreneurial Studies. He joined the USCG in 2008 and completed Boot Camp at Training Center Cape May, NJ. Since then his assignments have been: Recruiting Office Honolulu, Small Boat Station Honolulu, Officer Candidate School, Sector Charleston, and Sector Hampton Roads Prevention Department as a Marine Inspector. His experience includes Domestic Vessel Inspections, Port State Control, and Waterways Management. Lt. Santorum currently inspects certified vessels that include small passenger vessels, non self propelled vessels, and deep craft vessels
The Coast Guard team at Sector Hampton Roads is comprised of nearly 500 active duty and civilian personnel, 175 reservists, and 1,300 Coast Guard Auxiliarists. In an average year, Sector Hampton Roads' personnel:
Respond to over 1,000 SAR cases and over 500 law enforcement/security cases;
Conduct over 550 safety inspections on U.S.-flagged vessels;
Conduct inspections on over 1,500 intermodal containers;
Conduct safety and pollution prevention boardings on over 300 of the 3,000 foreign-flag vessels entering the Port of Hampton Roads;
Respond to and investigate nearly 400 reports of oil and hazardous material releases, over 200 marine casualties and take actions against mariners who hold Coast Guard-issued credentials;
Inspect over 70 waterfront facilities;
Conduct over 300 Commercial Fishing Vessel and Towing Vessel Examinations;
Track more than 5,000 commercial ships entering the Chesapeake Bay and more than 21,000 total vessel movements through the Harbor Surveillance System;
Conduct hundreds of security boardings on vessels entering the port;
Conduct thousands of harbor patrols and plan/executes eleven contingency exercises for events such as oil spills and natural disasters.
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