The Harbormaster’s Office
The Harbormaster’s Office is the communication hub of the Port of Corpus Christi and is responsible for the coordination, tracking and billing for all vessels calling upon the Port. The Harbormaster’s office is open 24/7, 365 days a year, even during such severe weather events as Hurricane Harvey. The Harbormaster’s staff includes 9 Vessel Traffic Controllers who handle over 5,600 ship movements and 20,000 barge movements annually. Our dedicated personnel take great pride in playing an integral part in helping the nation’s largest port in total revenue tonnage continue to meet the needs and demands of industry in the Coastal Bend.
Facility & Communication
The Harbormaster’s office has truly grown to meet the demands of its users. Four state of the art Vessel Traffic Controllers Station now compliment HMO. Effective communication is the lifeblood of HMO, to that end a state of the art radio system with two high output antennas ensure that HMO is always in constant contact with the professional mariners calling on our Port. To help ensure the safe movement of vessel traffic the Port of Corpus Christi proudly sponsored the installation of the Corpus Christi PORTS system, (Physical Oceanographic Real Time System) system consist of 13 meteorological and 7 visibility sensors located throughout the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. This system is available to everyone from the commercial mariner to the recreational boater free of charge.
Another important tool utilized by our Vessel Traffic Controllers is the Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS), which allows the HMO to maintain a visual track of the location of vessels in the ship channel at all times. In keeping with the Port’s commitment to the safe and efficient movement of vessels, a new cutting edge VTIS system was recently installed. Each one of these infrastructure improvements is evidence of the Port’s commitment to meeting the growing needs of industry while striving to keep our waterways safe.
(361) 882-1773 or (361) 882-1774
Marine VHF Radio Channel 12 24/7