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.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), along with assistance from the USACE, are holding an industry meeting to discuss TxDOT’s proposed replacement of the Seawolf Parkway Bridge/Pelican Island bridge connecting Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The meeting will be held at the USACE Galveston District Headquarters on Galveston Island on Tuesday August 23, 2022 from Read more about TxDOT Replacement of Seawolf Parkway/Pelican Island Bridge – Industry Meeting Invitation[…]
The 2022 Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1, 2022. All facilities and vessels in the Houston-Galveston Captain of the Port (COTP) zone are encouraged to review their severe weather plans and begin preparations for the hurricane season. Sector Houston-Galveston has instituted a Port Condition Matrix with two tracks, a ’traditional’ track and a ’modified’ Read more about MSIB 11-22 Pre-Hurricane Season – Port Condition Matrix[…]
In consideration of the pending winter storm which will result in some icy road conditions and potentially pose a safety risk for in-person attendance, the decision has been made to move tomorrow’s Quarterly Meeting of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (LSHSC) to a Zoom call on February 04, 2021 from 0900-1000. Zoom details below: Read more about ***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Full Managing Board Meeting will be virtual[…]
The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set modified Port Condition Yankee as of Monday, September 13, at 12:00 PM, for the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport, Texas City and the portion of the GIWW from MM 319.5 to MM 442. Heavy weather from Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to make landfall within 24 hours. Read more about Tropical Storm Nicholas: Modified Port Condition Yankee[…]
As of 20:00 August 26, 2021, the Captain of the Port has set modified Port Condition Whiskey for Houston-Galveston. Read the MSIB for modified Port Condition Whiskey here. Read the Heavy Weather Port Condition Matrix here. This explains the differences between the modified and traditional port condition tracks.
The Annual Meeting of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (LSHSC) is scheduled for February 5, 0900-1100, at Houston Pilots, 203 Deerwood Glen Drive, in Deer Park, TX. At the Annual Meeting, the Committee will consider applications for members with terms expiring February 2021 from the following industries, wherein the incumbent has agreed to another Read more about Nominations for Managing Board Open[…]
Sector Houston-Galveston issued MSIB 13-20 in response to questions and concerns regarding facility and maritime operations in the Houston-Galveston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone during the locally mandated Stay-at-Home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the MSIB. Click here to download a template critical infrastructure worker access letter for your Read more about MSIB 13-20: Maritime Operations During A Stay-At-Home Order[…]
CPB Houston-Galveston Public Information Notice Number: HOU-SEA-20-005 In support of Federal, State, and local restrictions being implemented to address the public health emergency and community spread of COVID-19, all maritime crew will be remanded to their vessels until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for Read more about CPB temporarily restricting crews to their vessels[…]
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sector Houston-Galveston has established a Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit in order maintain awareness of any changes or issues within the port. We request stakeholders report any operational changes regarding, at a minimum: Any facility closures, partial closures, or reduced operations due to COVID-19; Any modifications to security procedures that Read more about Sector Houston-Galveston has established a Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit[…]
March 17, 2020 The Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee and the Greater Houston Port Bureau have collaborated on a best practices guideline for addressing COVID-19 in the Houston Ship Channel area. This document was developed based on multiple industry and government resources. The goal is to establish a baseline for our many industry partners working Read more about COVID-19 Best Practices for the Houston Ship Channel Area[…]