Houston-Area Brownwater-Bluewater Coordination Seminar: August 30-31, 2018
The Brownwater-Bluewater Coordination Seminar creates a facilitated dialog between the professionals who work on the water in Houston, with the aim of improving communication, trust and general knowledge regarding the capabilities and limitations of the different vessels using the waterway. This course is for vessel operators and pilots only. Click here to download the flyer for more details and registration information.
3rd Quarter Full Committee Meeting: August 3, 2018
The next full meeting of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018, beginning at 09:00 at the US Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston. The address is 13411 Hillard St, Houston, TX 77034. All attendees must RSVP using the link below in order to get their name on the gate list. Deadline to RSVP is Monday, July 30, 2018, at noon. Register here.
Fall 2018 Brownwater University Registration Now Open
The next Brownwater U will be held October 30-November 1, 2018, in Houston, Texas. Learn more and register here.
Houston-area Port Coordination Team Recognized for Hurricane Response and Preparedness
Rear Adm. Paul Thomas recognized the efforts of the Greater Houston-Galveston Port Coordination Team at the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee meeting on February 2, 2018, at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston for their preparation for and response to Hurricane Harvey.
The team worked incredibly hard to safely, expeditiously, and efficiently restore maritime commerce on one of the nation's most economically vital waterways.
2017 State of the Waterway
The 2017 State of the Waterway was presented at the February 2, 2018, Full Committee meeting. Download it here.
Subcommittee meeting notices are posted on the calendar. Please contact your subcommittee chairperson for more details.
- Menhaden working group developed guidance on managing hazardous gulf menhaden schooling in the Houston Ship Channel
- Committee provided input to NTSB regarding VTS and on going VTS enhancement work
- Committee provided input to ACOE regarding Bayport flare improvements
- Facility working group makes regular visits to new and challenging docks to identify and advise on safety issues
- Chemical tanker scheduling optimization group started foundation work for efforts to better manage traffic
+ Our Mission
The Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (HSC) provides a public forum to address Marine Transportation System (MTS) issues with particular emphasis on navigation safety-related matters involving the ports of Houston, Galveston, Texas City, and Freeport including the associated waterways of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and offshore lightering zones.
As a vehicle facilitating communications between and among public and private sector entities, the Committee draws upon regional expertise and insight to address such issues as vessel traffic management, anchorage management, communications, security, significant/heavy weather preparations, maritime traffic disruption/restoration, process improvements, and any other related topics dealing with the MTS. The Committee will conduct periodic comprehensive assessments of the local safety and environmental risks and may consider other needed actions in and adjacent to the waterways.