Southeast Texas

Waterway Advisory


Upcoming Meetings

Working Group Meeting

April 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Full Committee Meeting

April 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am

MSU Port Arthur

Change of Command

Captain Twomey / Captain Wike 


Click here to view program, pictures and videos.

ERWD Subcommittee

Hurricane Planning in a Pandemic


Click here to view and download presentations from the virtual workshop.



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.


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:

  • Navigation 

  • Waterway Maintenance & Improvement

  • Education, Research and Workforce Development 

Ad-hoc committees are established as needed.  Currently there are three:

  • Waterway Awareness 

  • Dredging Operations 

  • Port Welfare 



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.

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Largest refining capacity in the U.S.
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In proposed  investment along the SNWW
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For inquiries, questions or recommendations, please call: 409-719-5086 or fill out the following form

Head Office

2901 Turtle Creek Drive 

Port Arthur, Texas 77642

Tel: 409-719-5086

Fax: 409-719-5090


To become a member of the Southeast Texas Waterways Advisory Council, please fill out an application and e-mail it to