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Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday January 31, 2022 01/31/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday January 28, 2022 01/28/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday January 27, 2022 01/27/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday January 26, 2022 01/26/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday January 25, 2022 01/25/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday January 24, 2022 01/24/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday January 21, 2022 01/21/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday January 20, 2022 01/20/2022 Normal
Mississippi River MSIB Vol XXII Issue 003- Myrtle Grove Revetment Operations MM 58.4 RDB AHP LMR01/19/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday January 19, 2022 01/19/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday January 18, 2022 01/18/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday January 17, 2022 01/17/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday January 14, 2022 01/14/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday January 13 2022 01/13/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday January 12 2022 01/12/2022 Normal
Mississippi River NOBRA Draft Recommendation01/11/2022 High
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday January 11 2022 01/11/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday January 10, 2022 01/10/2022 Normal
Mississippi River - 0856L-Algiers Point re-opened to all traffic01/09/2022 Normal
Mississippi River - 0620L - Algiers Pt Closed Due to Fog01/09/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday January 7, 2022 01/07/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday January 6, 2022 01/06/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday January 5, 2022 01/05/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday January 4, 2022 01/04/2022 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday January 3, 2022 01/03/2022 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday January 20, 2022
Date:Thursday, January 20, 2022
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 January 20, 2022             

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Summary of Coronavirus requirements/restrictions currently in place by local USCG, CBP, and pilots at bottom of report.

 

A Daily Publication of the New Orleans Board of Trade

07:25 hrs. - 01/20/2022<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">New information (Except for the Air Draft, River Stages, and Vessel Information)<span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020"> is highlighted in Green<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

Mississippi River: General Information<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
<span-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Controlling Draft for vessels calling between the Sea-Buoy and Mile 150: 48 Feet
<span-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Controlling Draft for vessels calling between Mile 150 and Mile 180: 47 Feet
<span-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Controlling Draft for vessels calling above Mile 180: 45 Feet

There is currently one dredge working in Southwest Pass.
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<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red;font-weight:normal">Pilot Recommendations:
<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal">Bar Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft: 49 Feet.
<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal"> 
<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal">Crescent Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft: 48 Feet. 
<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal"> 
<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal">NOBRA Pilots: Recommended loading draft is as follows: 48 feet from New Orleans to Mile 150 (NOBRA is not taking orders for vessels wishing to anchor in Grandview Anchorage with a draft of 48 feet due to lack of adequate survey data); 47 feet from Mile 150 to Mile 180 ; 45 feet from Mile 180 to Mile 234.  Vessels with a draft of 40 feet or greater area required to transit the Baton Rouge Harbor during daylight hours only.
<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal"> 
<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal">The NOBRA Pilots’ Board of Examiners is in the process of reviewing its Standards of Care relative to High Interest Vessels and over the coming months hope to revise this specific standard that will allow for a clearer determination for the application of the standard.  Presently, operationally, the Board of Examiners is NOT designating a vessel as a High Interest Vessel when the Captain of the Port Order is an Order requiring a Crew Control Security Plan (“CCSP”) in which the sole purpose of the CCSP is to prohibit vessel crew members from disembarking the vessel.  During this transitional process, the Standards of Care remain as drafted and do provide the Board of Examiners authority to designate a vessel as HIV.
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<span-family:"Calibri Light",sans-serif;font-weight:normal">Federal Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft: 45 feet.

Coast Guard Notices:
Safety Advisory – Myrtle Grove Revetment Operations<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">
MM 58.4 RDB AHP LMR<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green;font-weight:normal">The Captain of the Port New Orleans is issuing a safety advisory for the waters of the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 57.4 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to MM 59.4 AHP. This advisory is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) revetment operations occurring along the right descending bank (RDB) near MM 58.4 AHP (Myrtle Grove). The Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) and other associated equipment will be on-scene at Myrtle Grove on Monday, January 24, 2022. The revetment operations will be conducted daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. local from January 25-28, 2022 and January 31, 2022 to February 04, 2022. During times of actual revetment work, the MSU will extend approximately 600-800’ channelward from the bank. At the conclusion of daily operations, the platform will remain on-scene and will extend approximately 600’ from the RDB into the river at night.<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">
Effective at 6 a.m. on January 25, 2022 and during the USACE revetment operations listed above, this safety advisory is in effect with the following provisions:<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">
• All vessels are restricted to one-way traffic from MM 57.4 to MM 59.4 AHP LMR from 6 a.m. to<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">
7 p.m. daily.<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">
• All vessels shall transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake from MM 57.4 to MM 59.4 AHP LMR.<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">
• All vessels shall contact the USACE on-scene pilots stationed on the M/V HARRISON or M/V WILLIAM JAMES via VHF-FM Channels 67 or 82 to make passing arrangements.<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">
Updates and/or changes will be disseminated via VTS email distribution and/or via Safety Broadcast Notice to Mariners.<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red;font-weight:normal">Carrollton Gauge reads 8 feet and rising:
<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;font-weight:normal">When the Carrollton Gauge reads 8 feet and rising, the following operating requirements will be in effect: In accordance with 33 CFR 161.65, the Governor Nicholls Harbor Traffic Control Light 94, the Gretna Harbor Traffic Control Light 97 and the Westwego Traffic Light 102 are energized. <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">The Harbor Traffic Control Lights are located at: Governor Nicholls Light, MM 94.3, AHP, LDB, LMR (LLNR 13855/34770), Gretna Light, MM 96.6, AHP, RDB, LMR (LLNR 13880/34795), and Westwego Traffic Light, MM 101.4, AHP, RDB, LMR (LLNR13950). <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">The Governor Nicholls Navigation Light 94 and the Gretna Navigation Light 97 are extinguished while the Traffic Control Lights are operating. <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Downbound vessels: Check in with Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River (call sign “New Orleans Traffic”) no lower than Huey P Long Bridge, MM 106.1, AHP (SHIPS and TOWS), and the Marlex Terminal, MM 99.0, AHP (SHIPS and TOWS). <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">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:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">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:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> It is recommended that tows exiting the Algiers and Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) locks contact Vessel Traffic Service. <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> All vessels, facilities, and vessel agents planning to warp a vessel should consult with the appropriate pilot association prior to warping. <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">All cargo transfers authorized in designated anchorages, as noted in 33 CFR 110.195, are required to submit a Notice of Midstream Transfer form for review 48-hours prior to commencing transfer operations within the Captain of the Port New Orleans (COTP) zone.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">

<span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">Midstream cargo transfers may be conducted at the designated anchorages within the New Orleans COTP zone as defined by 33 CFR 110.195(a), with exception of the General Anchorage (MM 90.1 – 90.9 AHP) and the Quarantine Anchorage (MM 90.9 – 91.6 AHP). This requirement does NOT affect:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

Vessel to vessel transfers which take place at a Coast Guard regulated facility.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> Bunkers or delivery of ships stores.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> Cargo operations which take place in a designated and established mid-stream buoy system.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif"> <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif;font-weight:normal">Anyone wishing to conduct vessel to vessel cargo transfers not specifically exempted as noted above, should submit a MidStream Transfer Notice form to FacilitiesNOLA@uscg.mil.
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Lower Mississippi River Bridges Air-Draft Calculations: <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">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.  
 

NOAA PORTS INFORMATION:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
<span-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: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ports/index.shtml?port=lm<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

U.S. Corps of Engineers:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">
<span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">Mississippi River - Projection-  Based off 48 Hours of Forecast Rainfall <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">


Mississippi River - NOLA Projection-  Based off 16 Days of Forecast Rainfall (Experimental)-<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

Weather Information:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
15-Day Weather Forecast:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
<span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">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:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",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<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

NOAA Fog Forecast:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">
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National Information:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:#202020">
Marsec Level – 1<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
 

Vessels Scheduled to Arrive in the Next 24 Hours:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">


Vessels Scheduled to Depart in the Next 24 Hours:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:red">
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Summary of Coronavirus Requirements/Restrictions:

 

Effective November 8th, per Presidential Proclamation, international travelers entering the United States must be vaccinated in order to enter the country.  We have spoken with CBP, and they have confirmed that vessel crew joining a vessel are exempt from this proclamation as per the following: “any noncitizen seeking entry as a sea crew member traveling pursuant to a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa, if such crew member adheres to all industry standard protocols for the prevention of COVID-19, as set forth in relevant guidance for crew member health by the CDC.”

 

Mariners who are not vaccinated will be allowed to onboard at a US port if:

1. Crew member has D and C1 (transit) Visas

2. NOT Required: Mariner Credential or letter from their company

3. Have had a negative COVID test within 24 hours of schedule airline

departure

4. Sign an attestation upon arrival in the US that he/she will take another

COVID test (PCR preferred) within 3 to 5 days.

Moderator noted that further requirements may be implemented. Industry was

advised to look to the CDC Website where technical instructions will be published.

Effective Date - November 8, 2021

 

Coast Guard:

MSIB 02-20: Added Brazil to the list of countries with travel restrictions.

MSIB 11-20: Provided information concerning Maritime Personnel being considered

Essential to the Economy and Well Being of the United States.

MSIB 09-20: Provided guidance on Port State Control (PSC) Exams and COC Exams.

MSIB 06-20: Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death:

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).

 

In addition to notifying Coast Guard and CDC, please also notify CBP, and all three pilot

associations as well as our office.

 

MSIB XX: Issue 035: Vessel Precautions:

Provided information to all vessels concerning precautions to be taken prior to arrival.

 

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">MSIB 02-21: In accordance with the President’s Executive Order 13998, all persons travelling on commercial vessels

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">are required to wear a mask.  The attached MSIB from the Coast Guard provides information on the order. 

<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">We have confirmed with the local Coast Guard that all vessels on the Lower Mississippi River are subject to the order.

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Pilot Associations: Please note if the below procedures are not followed, pilotage

services could be denied.

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?

 

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:

 

Step 1. - Vessel agent shall contact ship’s Master to confirm the following:

1.) No crew member has symptoms of Coronavirus including:

a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater,

cough

trouble breathing; or

body aches; and

 

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.

 

Step 2. – Agent copies (cc) the pilot dispatch on an email from the Agent to the

Master confirming Master’s representation that:

 

1.) No crew member has symptoms of Coronavirus including:

a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater,

cough,

trouble breathing, or

body aches; and

 

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. - Vessel agent contacts Pilot dispatch and orders a pilot and informs the pilot

dispatcher of the Master’s responses to Step 1 items 1). & 2).

Pilot Dispatch Email Addresses:

BAR Dispatch – ops@barpilot.com

CRPPA Dispatch

dispatch@crescentpilots.com

NOBRA Dispatch –

dispatch@nobrapilots.com

Federal Pilots Dispatch fedpilot@federalpilots.com

 

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.

 

We are asking for everyone’s cooperation. If this cannot be done voluntarily, we will

have to consider reducing the mandatory detention time

 

***ATTENTION***: THE BELOW IS A QUOTE FROM THE CDC.GOV WEBSITE:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.

Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants.  With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public.

Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” says CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, “but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.”

This order was signed by the CDC Director Rochelle Walensky  MD, MPH on January 12, 2021 and will become effective on January 26, 2021.

 

Noticed posted on Thursday, January 20, 2022