INTERTANKO calls for input to Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) Deep Draft Entry Facilitation Work Group

The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) Deep Draft Entry Facilitation Work Group was formed to examine the frequent and offshore boardings taking place (relative to port security) in the Houston-Galveston-TexasCity area.

Three meetings of the Deep Draft Entry Facilitation Work Group were held in Houston on 28 October, 12 November and 2 December 2003. In the course of these meetings the Work Group drafted a mission statement which focuses on the pre-entry requirements associated with the arrival of deep draught vessels at the ports of Galveston, Texas City and Houston. In doing so, the following fundamental principles served as a guide:

-   Improve security aboard deep draught vessels, and the facilities the vessels call at, without adversely impacting the commercial viability of the Houston/Galveston port complex.

-   Develop cooperation and partnerships among shipowners, charterers, terminal operators and ship agents to maximise safety and security on vessels.

-   Render full cooperation with applicable federal law enforcement and regulatory officials (e.g., Department of Homeland Security).

-   Minimise the potential for redundant port security boardings.

-   Where practicable, augment existing security protocols aboard deep draught vessels.

The Group is still interested in receiving data from the industry on any vessels that have been boarded three or more times during the last year. As was mentioned in our article in Weekly News No. 42/2003, of 17 October 2003the Commanding Officer of the USCG Vessel Traffic Service Houston / Galveston, Commander Tom Marian, has requested information on vessels (in the Houston COTP area) that have been boarded three or more times between 1 October 2002 and 30 September 2003. This information should include the vessel, date, location, and delays, if any, that prohibited the vessel from proceeding on arrival or upon completion of the security check (had to wait for daylight or one-way transit). Members are encouraged to submit this data to INTERTANKO or direct to the USCG at mailto:TMarian@vtshouston.uscg.mil.

Click here for a copy of the reporting template in spreadsheet format on the INTERTANKO website

For more information on the HOGANSAC meeting or the Deep Draft Entry Facilitation Working Group:

Contact: Margaret Doyle