Captain Keith M. Donohue – Deputy Sector Houston-Galveston
Captain Donohue is the Deputy Sector Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and the alternate Captain of the Port. He is also the Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. Capt. Donohue coordinates maritime safety and security, environmental protection, search and rescue, and waterways management. He is also responsible for contingency planning operations for the navigable waterways from the east bank of the Colorado River in southwest Texas to 60 miles east of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and 200 miles offshore to the seaward extent of the United States. This area of responsibility encompasses seven ports (including five of the nation’s twenty busiest ports) and accounts for 25% of the U.S. gross tonnage carried by ship. To accomplish these missions, Sector Houston-Galveston has a workforce of approximately 1,500 active duty Coast Guard members and civilians.
Captain Donohue has had a long and successful career in the Coast Guard, focusing on marine safety, port security, incident management, and environmental response. He has overseen deployments to oil spills, hazardous material releases, natural disasters, and exercises throughout the USA, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Oceania. Capt. Donohue has also assisted the governments of the Caribbean and South America with ratifying and implementing international maritime conventions. Additionally, he has worked with U.S. Embassies and foreign governments throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to reduce the threat of international and domestic maritime terrorism.
Internationally, he served as a consultant to the International Maritime Organization at the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the wider Caribbean Region in Curacao; and as an International Port Security Liaison Officer attached to Activities Europe in the Netherlands.