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Mississippi River : CRPPA maximum recommended draft05/30/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday May 29, 2020 05/29/2020 Normal
Mississippi River MSIB 02-20 Novel Coronavirus (Change 5) (Attached)05/28/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday May 28, 2020 05/28/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday May 27, 2020 05/27/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday May 26, 2020 05/26/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday May 22, 2020 05/22/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday May 21, 2020 05/21/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday May 20, 2020 05/20/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday May 19, 2020 05/19/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday May 18, 2020 05/18/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday May 15, 2020 05/15/2020 Normal
Mississippi River : Draft Recommendation - 44 Feet05/14/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Crescent Pilots - Change in Draft05/14/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Bar Pilots - Draft Increase05/14/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday May 14, 2020 05/14/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday May 13, 2020 05/13/2020 Normal
Mississippi River UPDATE: The river is now open to all traffic from MM 112.5 AHP to MM 115.5 AHP River Closure for Salvage Operations @ Cornerstone Dock05/13/2020 Normal
Mississippi River - River Closure - Mile 114.5 - May 13th05/12/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday May 12, 2020 05/12/2020 Normal
Mississippi River - NOBRA Pilots - 2020 High Water Safety Restrictions05/11/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday May 11, 2020 05/11/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday May 08, 2020 05/08/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday May 07, 2020 05/07/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday May 06, 2020 05/06/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday May 05, 2020 05/05/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday May 04, 2020 05/04/2020 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday May 01, 2020 05/01/2020 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday May 05, 2020
Date:Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Priority:Normal
Notice:
Mississippi River Currents - 09/09/19

Fm: Moran Shipping Agencies Nola

 

To: All Concerned

 

Good day,

 

Please find below Mississippi River daily report for May 05, 2020               

 

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A Daily Publication of the New Orleans Board of Trade<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black"> 09:45 hrs. - 05/05/2020

New information<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020"> (Except for the Air Draft, River Stages, and Vessel Information)<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020"> is highlighted in Green<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

Coronavirus Quick Reference:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Over the past several weeks, numerous notices have been sent to the membership regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Below is a quick summary of requirements that are currently in place due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  This is a very fluid situation and requirements could be put in effect or change with very little advance notice.  Please continue to monitor your e-mail for updates.
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<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">Coast Guard:
MSIB 11-20:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> Provided information concerning Maritime Personnel being considered Essential to the Economy and Well Being of the United States.

MSIB 09-20:<span-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Provided guidance on Port State Control (PSC) Exams and COC Exams.

MSIB 06-20: Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Illness of a person onboard a vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216and the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge must immediately notify the nearest Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). It is critical to report persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other illness to the COTP.  .Additionally, as required by42 CFR 71.21, the master of a ship destined for a U.S. port shall report immediately to the quarantine station at or nearest the port at which the ship will arrive, the occurrence, on board, of any death or any ill person among passengers or crew (including those who have disembarked or have been removed) during the 15-day period preceding the date of expected arrival or during the period since departure from a U.S. port (whichever period of time is shorter) .Guidance and forms to report deaths and illnesses to the CDC can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xdjmj.  The CDC Houston Quarantine Station, which has jurisdiction over the Mississippi River can be reached at (281) 230-3874 (24 Hours).
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In addition to notifying Coast Guard and CDC, please also notify CBP, and all three pilot associations as well as our office.<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">MSIB XX: Issue 035: Vessel Precautions:
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Provided information to all vessels concerning precautions to be taken prior to arrival.
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Customs and Border Protection:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Southern Currents: 20-030: Maritime Crew in Transit (C1) will not be allowed to self-quarantine in a hotel prior to joining a vessel.

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Southern Currents: 20-028: <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Provided payment information for entrances/clearances filed electronically.  Also provided information for the submission of Cargo Declarations.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Southern Currents: 20-024: <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Provided procedures for filing a vessel’s entrance and clearance via e-mail. 

Southern Currents: 20-023<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Maritime Crew will be remanded to the vessels until further notice.  (Clarification: Crew are allowed off the vessel to check lines, draft, etc for the safety of the vessel.  These vital functions should be in the immediate vicinity of the vessel only.)
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Pilot Associations:  Please note if the below procedures are not followed, pilotage services could be denied.<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">The Bar Pilots Dispatchers are asking the following one hour prior to pilot boarding:  Does any  crew member have symptoms of Coronavirus including  a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, cough, trouble breathing or body aches. Additionally have you complied with Captain of The Port, New Orleans, MSIB Volume XX issue:035, COVID-19 Vessel Precautions, Dated March 17, 2020?
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<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">In order to streamline the operational processes and provide periodic reinforcement of the best practices advocated by the USCG in MSIB Volume XX issue:035, COVID-19 Vessel Precautions, Dated March 17, 2020, the following procedures will be followed when ordering a pilot for shifting, berthing or sailing in all Pilot (BAR, CRPPA, NOBRA, Federal) navigational jurisdictions:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
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Step 1.<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> - Vessel agent shall contact ship’s Master to confirm the following:
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">1.) No crew member has symptoms of Coronavirus including: a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater,<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> trouble breathing;or<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> body aches;and<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">2.) The vessel has received, read, and will comply with Captain of The Port, New Orleans, MSIB Volume XX issue:035, COVID-19 Vessel Precautions, Dated March 17, 2020.<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
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Step 2.<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> The agent copies (cc) the pilot dispatch on an email from the Agent to the Master confirming Master’s representation that:
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1.) No crew member has symptoms of Coronavirus including:
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a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater,<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> trouble breathing,or<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> body aches;and<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">2.) The vessel has received, read, and will comply with Captain of The Port, New Orleans, MSIB Volume XX issue:035, COVID-19 Vessel Precautions, Dated March 17, 20202.)

Step 3<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">. - Vessel agent contacts Pilot dispatch and orders a pilot.

Pilot Dispatch Email Addresses:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">BAR Dispatch – ops@barpilot.com
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">CRPPA Dispatch – dispatch@crescentpilots.com
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">NOBRA Dispatch – dispatch@nobrapilots.com
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Federal Pilots Dispatch – fedpilot@federalpilots.com

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Nobra is requesting that agents and facilities reduce the detention time to a bare minimum. This will cut the time a pilot is onboard and in contact with crew members. This reduction in onboard time will lessen the chance of exposure to themselves and others.   It will also help Nobra supply industry with a rested pilot in a timely manner.  Nobra’s resources are stretched thin because of high river levels. During this emergency, it makes no sense for pilots to be sitting at a dock for multiple hours. It is just a waste of manpower.

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">We are asking for everyone’s cooperation. If this cannot be done voluntarily, we will have to consider reducing the mandatory detention time.
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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">State of Louisiana:
<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">On March 22, 2020, Governor Edwards issued a "stay at home" proclamation.  Maritime business is considered essential by DHS and therefore can continue there normal day to day operations.<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Mississippi River Condition Update:

The Controlling Draft for Deep Draft Vessels is 43 Feet.<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">There are signs of shoaling in Southwest Pass, especially just below the Head of Passes. In addition, there is also shoaling in the vicinity of Cubit's Gap.  There are currently one cutterhead dredge and three hopper dredges working in Southwest Pass.   <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

Bar Pilots<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
Recommended loading draft  for Southwest Pass is 43 feet.

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Crescent Pilots:
Recommended loading draft for their area of the river is 43 feet. <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">Due to the Carrollton Gauge Reading over 12 Feet, Mooring/Unmooring operations at buoy systems and facilities that require a line boat are restricted to daylight only.<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">NOBRA Pilots
Current recommended loading draft is as follows: 47 feet from New Orleans to Mile 180; 45 feet from Mile 180 to Mile 234.<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif"> Current recommended loading draft is as follows: 47 feet from New Orleans to Mile 180; 45 feet from Mile 180 to Mile 234.  The following high water restrictions are currently in place:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

1.  Daylight Docking/Undocking at midstream transfer facilities and any berth that requires the use of a mooring boat.  <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">2.  All vessels operating within the Baton Rouge Harbor <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">(i.e. <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">MM 225 AHP - MM 234 AHP) shall utilize <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">tethered <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">tug escorts with adequate horsepower alongside while transiting above the I-10 bridge to the dock, as well as departing the dock and transiting downbound past the I-10 bridge; <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">3.  Only one vessel at a time will be allowed to be underway between the I-10 bridge and the U.S. 190 bridge; and <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

4.  Mile 170.0 AHP to Mile 232.2 AHP, all vessels shall be daylight only<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

5.  Vessels with a draft of 35 feet or greater anchoring in the NOBRA area of responsibility shall maintain a pilot onboard while at anchor.<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">Any vessel operating within the NOBRA route (i.e. MM 88 AHP through 234 AHP) identified as a High Interest Vessel ("HIV") by any federal authority, state authority<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red"> <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">and/or the Board of Examiners at a minimum, shall only operate under the following conditions:
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">A. Two pilots working simultaneously as a team; and
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">B. Daylight only operations

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Due to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the NOBRA pilots are no longer taking orders for vessels wishing to anchor in Bonnet Carre Anchorage.
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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Federal Pilots:
Draft recommendation for the Mississippi River is 42 feet.

The above draft recommendations were received this morning. As conditions can change, you should always check with the pilots prior to loading.

Lower Mississippi River Bridges Air-Draft Calculations: <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

The above clearances were calculated this morning using gauge readings provided by the Army Corps of Engineers. As a guide the pilots require at least an additional 3 feet of clearance for the Vessel's Air Draft.  The individual pilot assigned to the vessel will make the final determination of the vessel's allowable clearance.  Actual clearance should be verified when ordering pilot services.  

River conditions change continuously; therefore, actual conditions should be verified before utilizing this information.

NOAA PORTS INFORMATION<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
To Access the NOAA Ports System for the Lower Mississippi River, go to the following link: <span

U.S. Coast Guard Notices:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
Waterway Status - VTS Measure MM 127 - 129 AHP LMR<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">
Bonnet Carre Anchorage Closure
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Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River (VTS LMR), in accordance with the Navigation Safety Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations Title 33, Subpart 161.11, will establish a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Measure for the waters of the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 127 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to MM 129 AHP.  This Measure is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway on or about April 3, 2020.
Effective at 6:00 a.m. local time on April 3, 2020, vessels shall not enter the Bonnet Carre Anchorage or the area extending 600 feet into the river from the Bonnet Carre Spillway, between MM 127 and MM 129 and the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain (located between 30°4′30.6N, 90°24′6.6W and 30°3′20.9″N, 90°22′18.9W). This VTS Measure will remain in effect as long as the Bonnet Carre Spillway remains open. All vessels are prohibited from entering this area without permission from the Captain of the Port New Orleans or designated representative.
There may be unexpected crosscurrents or eddies due to the diversion of water from the river into the spillway.  Mariners are reminded to exercise due caution and stay toward the Right Descending Bank (RDB) while navigating through this area.  Barge fleets and terminals located upriver from the Bonnet Carre Spillway should also monitor the increased river current and make every effort to ensure vessels and barges remain moored or anchored.  All barge fleets are reminded to review and comply with the high water requirements listed in 33 CFR 165.803(m).
The USACE will have a picket boat stationed on the Left Descending Bank (LDB) above the spillway to monitor traffic.  Any barge breakaways or vessels adrift in the vicinity of the spillway from Mile 128 to Mile 140 should be immediately reported to:
1)  VTS LMR (“New Orleans Traffic”) on VHF Ch. 05A, or by phone at (504) 365-2230, and
2)  USACE picket boat on VHF Ch. 67 or 16.

HIGH WATER SAFETY ADVISORY: VTS Measure at MM 167.5 to MM 234 AHP LMR (ABOVE 40’)<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">

When the Baton Rouge gauge reads above 40’, a U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Measure is established in accordance with the Navigation Safety Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations Title 33, Subpart 161.11, for all waters of the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) from Mile 167.5 Above Head of Passes (AHP), to Mile 234 AHP.  This VTS Measure is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with the effects of high water levels on the Lower Mississippi River. This Measure is effective at 6:00 A.M. on Monday, March 30, 2020 with the following provisions: Port Allen Lock LMR MM 219-229: 1.   Mariners are advised that the Port Allen Lock is limited to a maximum length of 1000 ft, including the towboat. 2.   All tows are to employ an assist vessel of at least 1200 HP when entering or exiting the locks. 3.   All tows exiting Port Allen Lock into the LMR intending to turn northbound shall use an assist vessel of at least 1200 HP or proceed southbound below MM 221 if topping around unassisted before heading north. 4.   Approval must be granted by VTS prior to exiting Port Allen Lock and turning northbound. 5.    All tows are required to have 300 HP per standard loaded barge on canal tows entering/exiting the Locks. Empty barges may be calculated at ½ the horsepower requirements to that of a loaded barge when computing the overall horsepower requirement. Towing vessels with Z-drive propulsion type may be treated as having a horsepower 20% greater than its engine’s rating for the purpose of this calculation. 6.   VTS has authority to grant exceptions to these requirements up to 400 HP based on conditions and the size of the tow. Tows Topping Around between Duncan Point and the HWY 190 Bridge including Harbor Fleet Tows MM 221 – 234: 1.    Tows greater than 600 feet in length (excluding the length of the towboat) must use an 1800 HP Private Assist Vessel (PAV) when topping around. 2.    Tows 300 feet to 600 feet in length (excluding the length of the towboat) must use a minimum 1000 HP PAV when topping around. 3.    Tows less than 300 feet in length (excluding the length of the towboat) must use a minimum 800 HP PAV when topping around. Ocean Going Vessel requirements, Baton Rouge Harbor (MM 225-234): 1.    Ocean going vessels must use tug escorts with adequate horsepower alongside while transiting upbound past the I- 10 Bridge to dock, as well as departing the dock and transiting downbound past the I-10 Bridge. 2.    Only one ocean going vessel at a time will be allowed to be underway between the I-10 Bridge and the US-190 Bridge. 3.    Ocean going vessels shall not anchor in the upper half mile of the Baton Rouge General Anchorage.  The Pilot must notify VTS if it is necessary to anchor any vessel in the remainder of the anchorage. 4.    Ocean going vessels must contact VTS with ETA to Richard Powell range light (MM 218.4) and check in again once at MM 219. 5.    Ocean going vessels departing this area must contact VTS prior to getting underway. 81-Mile Point and Bringier Point (MM 170-182) 1.    Ocean Going vessels shall navigate between MM 170 and MM 182 during daylight hours only. 2.    Towing vessels must be able to average a minimum of 3 mph through the VTS regulated area (MM 170-182). 3.    No vessels are allowed to push up within ¾ of a mile of 81 Mile Point on the Left Descending Bank. 4.    All vessels transiting the area shall avoid meeting or overtaking situations at or near: Philadelphia Point, 81 Mile Point, Bringier Point, and Point Houmas. Dangerous Eddies: 81-Mile Point, Bringier Point, & Plaquemine Point: 1.    All tows should stay 300-400 feet off the left descending bank within ½ mile of 81-mile point (MM 178-179) to avoid dangerous eddies. 2.    Mariners are advised to proceed with caution in the vicinity of Bringier Point (MM 172-173) where dangerous eddies have been reported. 3.    Mariners are advised to proceed with caution in the vicinity of Plaquemine Point (MM 206-208) where dangerous eddies have been reported. 4.    Although the above locations have had eddies specifically reported, mariners are advised to be continuously on the lookout for irregular currents which may pose a threat to navigation throughout the LMR. This Marine Safety Information Bulletin supersedes Volume XX, Issue 033 High Water Safety Advisory: MM 167.5 to MM254.5 AHP LMR 40’ and Falling. For additional information, contact the following: Vessel Traffic Center Lower Mississippi River: (504) 365-2230 (24 HR), VHF-FM ch 05A, 11, or 12 Coast Guard Baton Rouge Waterways Management: (225) 298-5400 X230 Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Command Center:  (504) 365-2200

CARROLLTON GAUGE AT 15 FEET AND RISING<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
When the Carrollton Gauge reads 15 feet and rising, the following operating requirements will be in effect: 

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">1. 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 165.810 (d)(2) prohibits vessels from entering South Pass from the Gulf of Mexico if it has a speed of less than 10 miles per hour.  This paragraph does not apply when Southwest Pass is closed to navigation.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">2. A U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Measure is established in accordance with the Navigation Safety Regulations, 33 CFR 161.11, for all waters of the Lower Mississippi River from the Southwest Pass Entrance (SWP), to Mile 254.5 Above Head of Passes (AHP).  Until further notice, vessel-to-vessel cargo transfers are prohibited unless specifically approved in advance by the Captain of the Port (COTP).  This temporary VTS Measure restricts the cargo transfers authorized in designated anchorages as noted 33 CFR 110.195, and also restricts all barge-to-barge mid-stream cargo transfers.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">This VTS Measure does NOT restrict:

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">1. Vessel-to-vessel transfers which take place at a Coast Guard regulated facility.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">2. Bunkers or the delivery of ships stores.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">3. Cargo operations which take place in a designated and established mid-stream buoy system.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">Anyone wishing to conduct vessel-to-vessel cargo transfers not specifically exempted as noted above, should contact the Sector New Orleans Facility Compliance Branch at (504) 365-2370 or by e-mail at Facilitiesnola@uscg.mil.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">The following operating requirements remain in effect:

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">1. For all vessels operating in the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) below Mile Marker (MM) 233.9 Above Head of Passes (AHP), including South Pass and Southwest Pass, additional high water requirements are found in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 165.810(b)(2).

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">2. For barge fleets located between MM 88 and MM 240 AHP, additional high water requirements are found in 33 CFR 165.803(m).

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">3. For all other barge fleets (below MM 88 and between MM 240 and MM 254.5 AHP), a U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Measure is established in accordance with 33 CFR 161.11, to enhance the safety of barge fleets. The 33 CFR 165.803 regulations requiring stricter barge fleeting standards on the LMR are extended to include all barge fleets in these areas.  

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">4. In accordance with 33 CFR 161.65, the Governor Nicholls Harbor Traffic Control Light 94, Gretna Harbor Traffic Control Light 97, and the Westwego Traffic Light 102 are energized.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">5. The Harbor Traffic Control Lights are located at:
 Governor Nicholls Light, MM 94.3, AHP, Left Descending Bank (LDB), LMR (LLNR 13855/34770),
 Gretna Light, MM 96.6, AHP, Right Descending Bank (RDB), LMR (LLNR 13880/34795), and
 Westwego Traffic Light, MM 101.4, AHP, RDB, LMR (LLNR13950).

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">6. The Governor Nicholls Navigation Light 94 and the Gretna Navigation Light 97 will be extinguished while Traffic Control Lights are operating. 

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">7. Downbound vessels: Check in with Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River (call sign “New Orleans Traffic”) no lower than the Huey P Long Bridge, MM 106.1, AHP (SHIPS and TOWS), and the Marlex Terminal, MM 99.0, AHP (SHIPS and TOWS). 

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">8. Upbound vessels: Check in with “New Orleans Traffic” no higher than the Algiers Canal Forebay, MM 88.0, AHP (SHIPS), Industrial Canal, MM 92.7, AHP (SHIPS and TOWS), and Crescent Towing Smith Fleet, MM 93.5, AHP (TOWS). 

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">9. In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c), the COTP has determined that during periods of high water, unless moored to a shore side facility or mooring buoys, all deep draft vessels must have three means to hold position.  An example would be two fully operational anchors and the propulsion system. Should a vessel lose an anchor or suffer a propulsion casualty, and the vessel does not have redundant capabilities available, such as aft anchors or two main engines, then a third means of holding position could be via tug assist.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">Mariners should also familiarize themselves with MSIB XV, Issue 013 “Vessel Anchoring Capabilities”.

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">This Marine Safety Information Bulletin supersedes Volume XX, Issue 036 “Carrollton Gauge at 15 Feet and Falling”. 

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">Any changes will be broadcast via Safety Broadcast Notice to Mariners and/or email.

Mississippi River Stage Projection - Based of 2 Days of Forecast Rainfall- <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Mississippi River - NOLA Projection-  Based off 16 Days of Forecast Rainfall (Experimental)-

Weather Information<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
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New Orleans area 15-Day Forecast: http://www.accuweather.com/us/la/new-orleans/70112/forecast-15day.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&zipchg=1&metric=0<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020"> <span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">  Baton Rouge area 15-Day Forecast: http://www.accuweather.com/us/la/baton-rouge/70801/forecast-15day.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&zipchg=1&metric=0   Fog Forecast:   National Information Marsec Level – 1

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Noticed posted on Tuesday, May 05, 2020