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.
2022 State of the Waterways now available
The 2022 State of the Waterways compiled by Vessel Traffic Service is available. Click here to download.
2023 Q1 Full Committee Meeting: February 3
The 2023 Q1 Full Committee and Managing Board Meeting will be held February 3, 2023, at the Houston Pilots from 9 am – noon.
MSIB Battleship USS TEXAS Dead Ship Tow
This MSIB is issued in order to provide awareness for the upcoming Dead Ship Tow of the Battleship USS TEXAS. The tow is scheduled to take place on August 31, Read more about MSIB Battleship USS TEXAS Dead Ship Tow[…]
TxDOT Replacement of Seawolf Parkway/Pelican Island Bridge – Industry Meeting Invitation
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 Read more about TxDOT Replacement of Seawolf Parkway/Pelican Island Bridge – Industry Meeting Invitation[…]
MSIB 11-22 Pre-Hurricane Season – Port Condition Matrix
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 Read more about MSIB 11-22 Pre-Hurricane Season – Port Condition Matrix[…]
***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Full Managing Board Meeting will be virtual
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 Read more about ***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Full Managing Board Meeting will be virtual[…]
Tropical Storm Nicholas: Modified Port Condition Yankee
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 Read more about Tropical Storm Nicholas: Modified Port Condition Yankee[…]
Tropical Storm Ida: Modified Port Condition Whiskey
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 Read more about Tropical Storm Ida: Modified Port Condition Whiskey[…]
Nominations for Managing Board Open
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 Read more about Nominations for Managing Board Open[…]
MSIB 13-20: Maritime Operations During A Stay-At-Home Order
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 Read more about MSIB 13-20: Maritime Operations During A Stay-At-Home Order[…]