HOGANSAC holds first 2005 meeting

The first full 2005 meeting of the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) was held on 10 February 2005, at the Barbours Cut Cruise Terminal, Houston, Texas.

The purpose of HOGANSAC is to provide advice and consultation to the Commandant on matters relating to the transit of vessels and products to and from the ports of Galveston, Houston and Texas City, and through GalvestonBay. The Committee reports to the Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, who is the sponsor of the Committee, and the Captain of the Port Houston-Galveston, who is the Executive Director of the Committee.

The meeting commenced with opening remarks by Rear Admiral Robert Duncan, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) 8th District. HOGANSAC service awards were given to two INTERTANKO members for their contributions to HOGANSAC. Carlos Lozano of Teekay Shipping was presented with the USCG Meritorious Service Award. Lyondell- Citgo’s Beverly Clark was awarded the USCG Public Service Award.

Items on the agenda included:

  • reports on current and completed port dredging projects;
  • efforts to report and reduce Aids to Navigation (AtoN) knockdowns,
  • pending AtoN projects;
  • the report of the Navigation Operations Subcommittee;
  • the Houston Galveston Area Maritime Security Committee Liaison’s report;
  • a report from the HOGANSAC Deep Draft Entry Facilitation (DDEF) Working Group.

INTERTANKO Chemicals Manager Margaret Doyle continues to participate in the DDEF Working Group. Participants in the meeting were reminded to forward reports of any inconsistencies or problems with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to Margaret Doyle, who has been tracking this issue for the Working Group since its inception.

One of the other important issues highlighted was the critical work of the Port Coordination Team earlier this year carried out during a time of limited visibility. The effective actions by this team ensured that the safest and most effective vessel movements in the port area occurred during periods of thick fog.

The 2004 “State of the Waterway” presentation was given by Houston’s VTS Chief, CDR Tom Marian. A copy of this update can be downloaded from INTERTANKO’s web site.

The next HOGANSAC meetings are scheduled for May 2005. The combined working groups’ meeting will be held on 10 May 2005, 9:00 a.m., at the Houston Pilots’ Offices. The next full Committee meeting will be held on 24 May 2005, 9:00 a.m., at the Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal.

Contact: Margaret Doyle