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DHS - 97 - Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameHouston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number97
Original Establishment Date11/6/1988Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date12/4/2018Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*19
Current Charter Date12/14/2011Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Commander, CG Sector Houston-Galveston
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixCaptain
Projected Termination Date12/4/2018Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kevin
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameD.
Specific Termination AuthoritySection 405 of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Auth Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-282)Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Oditt
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 102-241, Sect. 18Designated Federal Officer Phone*(281)464-4802
Effective Date Of Authority*12/19/1991Designated Federal Officer Fax*(281)464-4814
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type* 
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*HOGANSAC advised, consulted with, and made recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters relating to the transit of vessels and products through Galveston Bay, and to and from the ports of Galveston, Texas City, and Houston, Texas. It provides the Coast Guard with local expertise on such matters such as port security, communication systems, surveillance, traffic management, anchorages, and other topics related to navigation safety in the port complex. It also provides advice on the operation of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston (VTS). Issues relating to navigation safety in the Houston/Galveston area are broad, diverse and of national and international importance, given the area's status as the nation's second-busiest port and the world's second-busiest petrochemical port. HOGANSAC is the only advisory committee in existence that has the local knowledge and experience to advise the Coast Guard on the important issues impacting navigation safety in the Houston/Galveston area. HOGANSAC is both a valuable source of sound, expert advice, and a hands-on, productive group with influence among all the stakeholders of the port community. The 19 members are all respected experts or mariners in the Houston/Galveston area and consequently bring a broad range of experience and knowledge to Committee deliberations. Looking to improve the safety of the Houston Ship Channel, HOGANSAC undertook several projects including the coordination a port-wide effort to bring electronic navigation technology to the Port of Houston; nationally set the standard for the work of port security committees; examined possible operating procedures changes to minimize the impact passing ships have on channel-side operations; evaluated boater education initiatives as they relate to commercial vessel safety and navigation issues on Galveston Bay; increased the number of Aids to Navigaton knockdown that are self-reported to the Coast Guard; recommended locations and policy for a new anchorage and alternative channel in Bolivar Roads; and, identified possible procedural changes impacting the way channel closure requests are handled by the Coast Guard.
How is membership balanced?*Committee members represented a wide-spectrum of waterway users: pilots associations, deep draft operators, port and refinery complexes, shallow draft interests, environmental groups, recreational boaters, the public, labor and academia are all represented. Categories of membership are dictated by the Committee's enabling statutory authority.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The full Committee used to meet three times a year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Houston Ship Channel (HSC) uniquely serves as the one of the busiest port complexes in the United States.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe HOGANSAC has completed its business. HOGANSAC was abolished by section 405 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-282). Section 405 of Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 repealed section 18 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1991 (Pub.L. 102-241), which established HOGANSAC.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentHOGANSAC was abolished by section 405 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-282).
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentSubcommittees make local recommendations to enhance safety and the viability of the port. The 3rd convening of Brownwater University (BWU) will serve to enhance the professional rapport between industry and the Coast Guard (CG) through increased knowledge and understanding of their respective functions in the port complex and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in supporting the Nation’s transportation system and economy. BWU has been expanded throughout the Eight District and has received national recognition as a CG best practice. The Naval Operations/Incident Review Working Group has gathered and reviewed data to provide industry with information on locations and types of marine casualties and groundings. This information has pointed to repetitive root causes in marine casualties, which are being addressed with marine stakeholders to reduce future incidents and has caused mariners and industry to take corrective or preventive action. The Facility Visit Team comprised of key port stakeholders have visited many facilities to provide an assessment of mooring infrastructure in an effort to help reduce the number of unsafe moorings and parted lines to enhance safety of port personnel. The Commercial Recovery Contingency (CRC) Subcommittee was inaugurated to augment efforts of the Port Coordination Team (PCT) by providing contingency plans for various potential long-term waterway disruptions. The Dredging Subcommittee compiled a directory of local/regional dock side depth surveying assets to assist facility owners with maintenance dredging and pre-hurricane depth surveys. Additionally, the subcommittee assisted in updating Sector H-G’s Hurricane Preparation Marine Safety Info Bulletin (MSIB) 06-08, helped document facility depth restrictions with the VTS, pilot orgs, and Nav Ops Facility Visit Team, and worked with the Greater Houston Port Bureau and Houston Pilots to allow free online access to terminal information, previously published in the committee’s Terminal Guide (72% of H-G facilities). The Outreach Subcommittee co-sponsored the port familiarization boat ride which was well attended and received by various port stakeholders and key CG representatives. The Waterway Optimization (now Waterways Safety and Utilization) Subcommittee was inaugurated and is working to improve navigation in the Bayport Channel through increased deep draft/brownwater coordination.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$100,001 - $500,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentBased on port partnership in improving tow boat safety and communications on board vessels. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been reduced in repair costs to the barges, and fines paid to the courts over the last three years. Safety measures have been instituted throughout the industry because of discussions held in HOGANSAC meetings to help reduce costs which could easily be mitigated through better practices and teaching the new mariners coming on board the new companies.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*35Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe committee did not meet, therefore, no recommendations were issued.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherYes
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentMelanee Libby (CG Group Federal Officer)
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is supplied to the committee from the local Coast Guard and by the Eighth Distict Admiral.Narrative Description*Committee advised the Commander, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston on major safety issues impacting the Houston-Galveston Port Complex.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032824Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001256Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003012Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003397Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005139Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005506Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007295Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007628Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009423Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009722Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011345Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011558Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013251Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013384Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015128Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015320Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016953Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017691Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018676Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019456Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020511Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021555Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee1997