|PORTS' Role During Oil Spills in Tampa Bay|
In addition to improving the safety and efficiency of navigation within Tampa Bay, PORTS also provides oceanographic and meteorological data to aid rapid response to hazardous material spills. In this capacity, PORTS is an Initial Responder to hazardous spills as part of Tampa Bay's Contingency Plan for Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Response, which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Tampa. PORTS also aids in search-and-rescue missions and assists in environmental management of the bay.
PORTS and Oil Spill Drills