WHAT IS SETWAC?
This Council is a public forum to facilitate discussion and exchange of ideas, thoughts and advice among all stakeholders on a wide range of issues relevant to the Sabine and Neches rivers, serving the ports of Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange, in the southeast corner of Texas. The Council may advise regulatory bodies and seek actions of non-regulatory entities to achieve the resolution of concerns and enhance safety. Issues include but are not limited to: communications, traffic management, anchorages, and other topics dealing with safety, efficiency, preservation and improvement of the transit and usage of the Sabine-Neches Waterway System.
BECOMING A MEMBER
SETWAC consists of voting member organizations and non-voting member organizations. Members serve as volunteers, subject to established term limits. Other persons may seek membership by submitting a membership application to the Executive Secretary. The Managing Board may, if desired, determine membership through a vote of SETWAC voting members.
SETWAC maintains three standing sub-committees:
Waterway Maintenance & Improvement
Education, Research and Workforce Development
Ad-hoc committees are established as needed. Currently there are three:
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Welcome to the Southeast Texas Waterway Advisory Council (SETWAC) web page. SETWAC provides a proactive public setting for public and private stakeholders to address vessel navigation safety issues along the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel, the off-shore approaches to the ship channel, and the associated Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. SETWAC facilitates open communication between federal, state, and local government and public/private entities leveraging regional expertise and insight to address: vessel traffic management; waterway maintenance and improvements; communications; security; significant heavy weather preparations; maritime traffic disruptions-restoration; and any other topics specific to the waterway. I encourage you to attend the SETWAC full committee meetings and consider working on one of the standing or ad hoc subcommittees. Your participation is needed to keep maritime commerce safely and efficiently flowing on the Southeast Texas Maritime Transportation System.
For inquiries, questions or recommendations, please call: 409-719-5086 or fill out the following form
2901 Turtle Creek Drive
Port Arthur, Texas 77642
To become a member of the Southeast Texas Waterways Advisory Council, please fill out an application and e-mail it to