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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,

Waterways Utilization

Chair: JJ Plunkett
Phone: 281-476-8230


The Waterways Utilization Subcommittee of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (LSHSC) is dedicated to maximizing safety, security and efficiency, while balancing the competing needs and uses of the waterways in the LSHSC area of interest. Its efforts shall focus on supporting relevant regulations and recommendations associated with the safety of seafarers, vessels and the environment. Its intent is to identify and adopt cooperative best practices while promoting a culture of safety among constituent user groups. In doing so, the following fundamental principles will serve as a guide:

  • Improve safety, security and efficiency aboard vessels and the facilities these vessels call upon, without adversely impacting the commercial viability of the port complex or disadvantaging users or user groups.
  • Foster communication, cooperation and partnerships among Pilots, seafarers, vessel owners, charterers, terminal operators, vessel agents, the towing industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies, port authorities, and recreational users to maximize safety, security and efficiency on board vessels and in the waterways.
  • Nurture a safety culture that reflects utmost concern for lives, property and the environment.

Vision: The Safest and Most Efficient Port Complex in the World.

To join this committee, please send your request to JJ Plunkett, Chair.

Meeting Agendas

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WUSC agenda-03242016.pdf121.022kB
2017-06-15 Draft Agenda WUSC.pdf121.314kB
2017-04-25 Agenda Joint WUSC_NOSC_DSC.pdf120.484kB
2017-01-26 Agenda WUSC.pdf121.868kB
2016-09-06 Agenda Joint WUSC_NOSC_DSC.pdf63.008kB
2016-07-12 Agenda WUSC.pdf120.718kB
2016-06-02 Agenda WUSC.pdf200.46kB
2016-01-28 Minutes and Agenda.pdf1285.812kB
2015-11-17 Agenda - Joint Waterways-NavOps-Dredge Mtg.pdf60.466kB
2015-10-20 WUSC Agenda.pdf120.826kB
2015-09-01 WUSC.pdf120.105kB
2015-07-14 Agenda Joint WUSC_NOSC_DSC.pdf121.979kB
2015-05-19 Agenda WUSC.pdf164.789kB
2015-03-10 Agenda - Joint Waterways-NavOps-Dredge Mtg - Revised.pdf82.199kB
2015-01-23 Agenda WUSC.pdf2868.905kB
2014-07-29 Agenda WUSC.pdf166.698kB
2014-07-01 Agenda - Joint WUSC_NOSC_DSC.pdf123.764kB
2014-05-29 Agenda WUSC.pdf166.726kB
2014-03-04 Agenda WUSC.pdf165.427kB
2014-01-23 Minutes WUSC.pdf2868.905kB
2014-01-23 Agenda WUSC.docx55.027kB
2013-10-09 Agenda WUSC.pdf167.369kB
2013-08-29 Agenda WUSC.pdf165.449kB
2012-10-04 Agenda WUSC.pdf80.657kB
2012-08-23 Agenda WUSC.pdf81.086kB
2012-07-19 Agenda WUSC.pdf81.961kB
2012-07-19 Agenda Addition WUSC.msg395.264kB
2012-06-15 Agenda WUSC.pdf88.842kB
2012-04-20 Agenda WUSC.pdf65.793kB

Meeting Minutes & Attendance

Document name Size
2016-01-28 Minutes and Agenda.pdf1285.812kB
2015-11-17 - Minutes - Tri-committee.pdf275.578kB
2015-03-10 Minutes WUSC_NOSC_DSC.pdf215.209kB
2012-10-04 Minutes and Attendance WUSC.pdf89.748kB
2012-08-23 Minutes and Attendance WUSC.pdf653.384kB
2012-08-23 Minutes WUSC.pdf653.576kB
2012-07-19 Minutes and Attendance WUSC.pdf110.018kB
2012-07-19 Minutes LSHSC-WUSC.pdf110.018kB
2012-06-15 Minutes and Attendance WUSC.pdf125.161kB
2012-06-15 Minutes LSHSC-WUSC.pdf130.913kB
2012-06-06 Minutes COC-WUSC-HSC.pdf198.505kB
2012-04-20 Minutes2 WUSC.pdf104.505kB
2012-04-20 Minutes WUSC.pdf84.83kB
2012-04-20 Attendance WUSC.pdf53.617kB

Additional Documents

Document name Size
2015-02-27 NPREP UPDATED DRAFT.pdf202.171kB
2015-03-10 Dredging Presentation by Randall.pdf2529.392kB
2015-03-10 Slack Lines Report.docx16.679kB
2015-03-10 VTS User Guide Addendum.jpg408.933kB
2015-11-17 - BW-8 replacement project overview.pdf2573.287kB
2015-11-17 - Menhaden WG - Final Findings.pptx14029.171kB
Anchorage Working Group4.096kB
Beltway 8 Bridge Replacement - Letter to HCTRA - Nov 4 2016 (1).pdf2625.738kB
Beltway 8 HSC Bridge Replacement project (1).pptx3164.048kB
Brief to committee - 110416.pdf125.423kB
Certificate of Compliance Working Group4.096kB
Channel Closures Incentive-Disincentive - 010117.pdf111.695kB
Flare at HSC.pdf1066.936kB
Fog Season Wrap up & hurricane season outlook 2015 (1).pdf3758.552kB
Fog Season Wrap up & hurricane season outlook 2015.pdf3758.552kB
Gate List Working Group4.096kB
HSC Study Presentation (to print as pdf) (3).pdf1075.884kB
Vessel Transits by Type.pdf345.826kB