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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 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.