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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,
Places of Safe Refuge - James Prazak,

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2nd Quarter Full Committee Meeting: May 5, 2017

The Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee will hold its next regular quarterly meeting on Friday, May 5, at 9 AM at Sector Houston-Galveston. The RSVP deadline has passed; however, late registrants may be able to attend. Fill out this form or email James Prazak at as soon as possible if you have not yet registered. You will be notified if your name cannot be added to the gatelist

2017 Terminal & Refinery Symposium

The 2017 Terminal & Refinery Symposium was held February 16, 2017, at USCG Sector Houston-Galveston. Industry leaders and public partners discussed how to increase efficiency and safety on the Houston Ship Channel. The presentations are available for download.

2017 State of the Waterway

The 2017 State of the Waterway was presented at the February 10, 2017, Full Committee meeting. Download it here.

Houston Pilots, G&H Towing captains, PHA Fire Department awarded top Coast Guard civilian honor

Houston Pilots are presented with the Meritorious Public Service Award.

At the February 10, 2017, Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee meeting, RADM David Callahan and CAPT Peter Martin presented Meritorious Public Service Awards, the U.S. Coast Guard's highest civilian honor, to three groups of mariners whose heroic and decisive actions prevented a catastrophe on the Houston Ship Channel in September 2016. ABC13 covered the award presentation.

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.