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The Houston/Galveston Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) was established in 1975 under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972 to improve maritime safety and efficiency in the Houston-Galveston-Texas City port complex, the largest petrochemical port in the United States. Acting as a communications hub, VTS accomplishes its mission by providing accurate, relevant, and timely information to mariners, port authorities, facility operators, and local, state, and federal agencies. This information facilitates the prevention of vessel collisions, allisions and groundings; and consequently reduces the potential for loss of lives and property, as well as the environmental damage associated with these incidents. VTS information also enables waterway managers, mariners, and advisory groups to better understand the processes at work in the port’s complex waterway system and to make improvements to those processes.

VTS History

2016 State of the Waterway

VTS Houston/Galveston User Guide
     ***NEW***  User Guide Addendum (Effective 1200 April 02, 2015)
     ***NEW***  New Checkpoints graphic  (Effective 1200 April 02, 2015)

Navigating the Houston Ship Channel; a reference for commercial users

To subscribe to the VTS Houston/Galveston Channel Notification Distribution List email the list administrator.

The Vessel Traffic Center can be reached at:
phone: (281) 464-4837

VTS Houston-Galveston is located at:

U.S. Coast Guard
Sector Houston - Galveston (VTS)
13411 Hillard Street, Room 4S21
Houston, TX 77034

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Last Modified 2/8/2016