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Brownwater University Fall 2019

October 29, 2019 @ 8:30 am - October 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm


BROWNWATER UNIVERSITY is an educational conference bringing together stakeholders across all facets of brownwater operations in the Western Gulf. Listen to panels on topics such as equipment & personnel, operations, navigation safety, and ship & barge interactions, and try your hand at a pushboat simulator.

For the past decade, marine transportation stakeholders in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Houston region, have developed and presented a two-day curriculum covering:

  • U. S. Coast Guard regulatory practices;
  • The Business of Towing;
  • Role of regional and national stakeholder organizations;
  • Brownwater vetting requirements;
  • U.S. Coast Guard waterways management issues.

The material is presented by professionals from local U. S. Coast Guard units and inland towing operator personnel. An optional half-day of simulator time is expected to be offered to all attendees.

WHO can and should attend?

  • One-half of the attendees are U. S. Coast Guard personnel from local and regional units and the remaining half are from marine transportation companies. The newest of employees or most-seasoned of Captains are welcome. All that is required is an interest to understand the perspective of the individuals presenting the material and the ensuing discussions. Attendance slots are on a first-come-first-serve basis given space limitations.

COST? FREE: Thanks to the generosity of local stakeholders, the only expense is your time. But you must register!


  • A healthy dialogue between industry personnel and the U. S. Coast Guard;
  • Insight into towing company business drivers;
  • The operational intricacies of navigating tows on the world’s longest and most complex inland waterway system!

Questions: Call Jim Stark, GICA 901-490-3312 or email at


October 29, 2019 @ 8:30 am
October 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm


Houston Pilots
203 Deerwood Glen Dr,
Deer Park, TX 77536 United States
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