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Lone Star HSC - James Prazak,
Waterways Utilizaton - JJ Plunkett,
Navigation/Operations - David Foret,
Dredging/Marine Construction - David Casebeer,
Maritime Education, Training & Outreach - Tammy Lobaugh,
Freeport - Ann Poninski,
Places of Safe Refuge - James Prazak,

+ News

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.

Houston-area Port Coordination Team for Hurricane Response and Preparedness

2017 State of the Waterway

The 2017 State of the Waterway was presented at the February 2, 2018, Full Committee meeting. Download it here.

Upcoming Meetings

Subcommittee Meetings

Subcommittee meeting notices are posted on the calendar. Please contact your subcommittee chairperson for more details.

Committee Accomplishments

+ 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.

+ Scope

As recognized by the U. S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security, HSCs have been identified as a key to safe, efficient and environmentally sound operations. As such, the Committee shall be responsible for specific assignments and may conduct studies, inquiries, workshops and any related fact finding initiatives for the port complex or to provide advice and recommendations to various federal, state and local agencies with responsibility for or familiarity with MTS matters within the HSC's geographic area of interest.

Harbor Safety Committees are discussed in the U. S. Department of Transportation's September 1999 Report to Congress, "An Assessment of the U.S. Marine Transportation System" and in subsequent Coast Guard guidance on the establishment and development of Harbor Safety Committees. Lone Star was chartered on February 17, 2012 by various industry members within the region.