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 Port Updates

Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday February 23, 202402/23/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday February 22, 202402/22/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday February 21, 202402/21/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday February 20, 202402/20/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday February 19, 202402/19/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday February 16, 202402/16/2024 Normal
Mississippi River / Revetment/Navigation Restriction Update02/16/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday February 15, 202402/15/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday February 14, 2024 - Corrected River Projections Included02/14/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday February 14, 2024 02/14/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday February 12, 2024 02/12/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday February 09, 2024 02/09/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday February 08, 2024 02/08/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Wednesday February 07, 2024 02/07/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday February 06, 2024 02/06/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Monday February 05, 2024 02/05/2024 Normal
Mobile, AL & Pascagoula, MS -- MSIB 05-24 WAMS Pensacola & MSIB 06-24 Mobile River Fireworks02/02/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Friday February 02, 2024 02/02/2024 Normal
Mississippi River -- Mile 0 - Mile 2 Open to Navigation02/01/2024 Normal
Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Thursday February 01, 2024 02/01/2024 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:Mississippi River Currents Daily Report for Tuesday February 06, 2024
Date:Tuesday, February 06, 2024
Mississippi River Currents - 09/09/19

Fm: Moran Shipping Agencies Nola


To: All Concerned                                                                                                                                       


Good day,


Please find below Mississippi River daily report for February 6, 2024                

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A Daily Publication of the New Orleans Board of Trade

07:15 hrs. - 02/06/2024<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:green">New information (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:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

T<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#202020">he Controlling Draft for Deep Draft Vessels is 50 Feet<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

There is one dredge working in Southwest Pass.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

Current Closures:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:red">
The river is closed at Mile 199 due to Corps of Engineers Revetment Operations.  The closure will be in effect until 19:00 this evening.  This closure is scheduled to take place each day through Feb 14th.

Upcoming Closures:
The river will be closed from Mile 93 to Mile 96 on Monday, February 12th from 18:00 – 19:00 for a fireworks display.

 <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:red">Pilot Recommendations:
Bar Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft: 50 Feet.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
Crescent Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft: 50 Feet. 
NOBRA Pilots: Recommended loading draft is as follows: 50 feet from New Orleans to Mile 175 ; 47 Feet from Mile 175 - Mile 180; 45 feet from Mile 180 to Mile 234.  Vessels with a draft of 41 feet or greater are required to transit the Baton Rouge Harbor (Mile 180 - Mile 234) during daylight hours only. 

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:red">NOBRA Pilots – Revetment Operations:  In addition to the restrictions highlighted in the navigational restrictions chart below, the NOBRA Pilots will put the following into effect during the operations at Manchac and St. Gabriel.  “Any ship 41 feet or greater choosing to traverse the restricted zone at nighttime between NM 180 AHP through NM 234 AHP shall utilize two pilots.  The first pilot will accept the original orders and apply the change rules applicable to their order.  The second pilot ordered will be assigned to northbound vessels at a Burnside Change.  The same will be applicable for any second pilot making a southbound change at Burnside.  The second pilot on a southbound change shall depart the vessel at Burnside.” <span-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">

<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">NOBRA Pilots - High Interest Vessels
<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Vessels classified as HIGH Interest by the Coast Guard, A Federal Authority, Any State Authority, or the NOBRA Board of Directors, may require 2 pilots and be limited to daylight transit only along the NOBRA Route.  Any customer of the NOBRA Pilots, docks, berths, moorings, agents, owner, or owner representative may petition the NOBRA Board of Directors to establish or remove the HIV classification.  PER THE NOBRA PILOTS, A VESSEL ONLY REQUIRING A CREW CONTROL SECURITY PLAN (CCSP) BY THE COAST GUARD WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE 2 PILOT RULE. <span-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">  

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:125%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">Federal Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft:50 feet from the Sea Buoy to Mile 175; 45 feet from Mile 175 – Mile 232.4; and 40 feet from Mile 232.4 – Mile 233.8.

Coast Guard Notices: <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
Scheduled Navigation: Restrictions:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">




<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Closure or Restriction

Saltwater Barrier Sill<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
MM 63.5-64
MSIB - 003

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Until further notice


<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Vessels drafting 40 ft or less may transit outside the buoys. Alliance Anchorage is open.

Core Sampling<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
MM 84.4 RDB

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">January 30 thru February 6, 2024

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">0700- 1900

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">The on-scene vessel is M/V G.I. JOE. Operators are monitoring VHF Channels 16 and 67. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

ALGIERS LOCK<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
USACE Nav Bulletin No. 24-15

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">8 February


<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Will be closed for Maintenance to the river end sector gate hydraulic system. The Lockmaster David A. Smith, can be reached at 504-354-1795 for up-to-date information (lockwall number is 504-354-1861).

Revetment (St Gabriel)<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
MM 199 LDB
MSIB – 066

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black;background:yellow">(Tentatively) February 4 through February 14

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black;background:yellow">0600 – 1900

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black;background:yellow">No deep-draft vessel transits during working hours. The MSU will fold in at night. Contact pilot for the operation is the M/V William James and can be reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.

Subaqueous Stone Placement<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
USACE Nav Bulletin No. 24-12

January 23<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
through February 29

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Daylight Hours

Mariners navigating upriver are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
Mariners navigating downriver must contact M/V KACIE LUHR before passing the project site. M/V KACIE LUHR and M/V MEGAN DAWN can be contacted on VHF marine channels 13, 16, 67, and 72.

Point Celeste Anchorage<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">
MSIB - 034

<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Until further notice


<span-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Vessels are requested to keep clear of any dredging operations and maintain standoff distance of 800’-1,000’. Contact vessels are M/V VIRGINIA WOOD and M/V MR KELLY.


Waterways Status – MARDI GRAS Festivities – New Orleans, LA<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:green">Mardi Gras festivities will be held in New Orleans, LA beginning on February 10, 2024, and lasting through February 14, 2024. As part of the celebrations, multiple events will be taking place on or adjacent to the Lower Mississippi River (LMR). In anticipation of these events, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will be establishing the following security and safety zones:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:green">
• Temporary Security Zone - Mardi Gras Celebration
a. Date and time: from noon on February 10, 2024, through 11:59 p.m. on February 13, 2024.
b. Location: all navigable waters within 400 yards of the Left Descending Bank (LDB) between Mile Marker (MM) 94.4 & MM 95.1
• Temporary Safety Zone - Lundi Gras Fireworks Display
a. Date and time: February 12, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
b. Location: all navigable waters between MM 93 and MM 96, near Algiers Point in New Orleans, LA
All vessels are prohibited from entering the security and safety zones unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or the designated representative. All vessels requesting permission to enter or transit through these zones must contact the designated representative on VHF-FM Channel 12, 16, or 67. Each designated representative will evaluate and allow vessels to transit through the safety zone on a case-by-case basis.
CARROLLTON GAUGE AT 8 FEET AND RISING<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
  The Carrollton Gauge reads 8 feet and rising, the following operating requirements are in effect:<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:green">

<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:green">As per 33 CFR 161.65, the Governor Nicholls traffic light, Gretna Harbor traffic light, and Westwego traffic lights are energized. The Governor Nicholls Navigation Light and Gretna Navigation Light are extinguished.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">


<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:green">As required by 33 CFR 165.810(b)(3), tows are prohibited from transiting VTS special areas by a vessel with insufficient power to permit ready maneuverability and safe handling (unable to maintain an average speed of at least 3 MPH (2.6 knots).<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">


<span-size:10.5pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:green">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.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">


All Deep Draft vessels to include Ocean-going Towing vessels should have three means to hold position unless moored to shore or a mooring buoy.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">


Downbound Ocean-going Towing vessels towing on the hawser should consult with the   appropriate pilot association to determine the need for assist tug.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">


Towing vessels should review MSIB Vol XIX Issue 007 titled Towing Vessel Safety Advisory During High Water, issued 15 January 2019 for additional provisions.<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif">

Lower Mississippi River Bridges Air-Draft Calculations: <span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

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

NOAA PORTS INFORMATION:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:#202020">
To Access the NOAA Ports System for the Lower Mississippi River, go to the following link:

U.S. Corps of Engineers:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
VELOCITY READING (NEW ORLEANS) - 2.8 Knots<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri",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: New Orleans area 15-Day Forecast:

<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#202020">Baton Rouge area 15-Day Forecast:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">

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

National Information:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">
<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:red">Marsec Level – 1


VESSELS SCEHDULED TO DEPART IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS:<span-size:12.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Helvetica",sans-serif;color:#202020">




Noticed posted on Tuesday, February 06, 2024