Since 1919, Houston pilots maneuver vessels safely and efficiently to and from docks via the narrow and congested Houston Ship Channel. We are a team of expert ship handlers commissioned by the State of Texas, supported by administrative and operational professionals to protect Houston's waterway, including its people, ports, and industry. We operate 24-hours per day, 365 days per year, in continuously varying weather and port conditions.
commercial vessels transit the Houston Ship Channel each year
tons of cargo transported annually
safely navigated each day by State commissioned Houston Pilots
of US economic value, 3.2 million jobs, and $38 billion tax revenue
of Texas GDP; more than 1.35 million jobs statewide, nearly $5.7 billion Texas state and local tax revenue