Mariners are advised that the Carrolton Gage is approaching 8 ft and is predicted to rise for a short duration.
Anticipate the following on Thursday morning or afternoon:
I. 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 l 02 are energized.
2. The Harbor Traffic Control Lights are located at: Governor Nicholls Light, MM 94.3, AHP, LOB, LMR (LLNR l 3855/34770), Gretna Light, MM 96.6, AHP, ROB, LMR (LLNR 13880/34795), and Westwego Traffic Light, MM 101.4, AHP, ROB, LMR (LLNR 13950).
3. The Governor Nicholls Navigation Light 94 and the Gretna Navigation Light 97 are extinguished while the Traffic Control Lights are operating.
4. 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).
5. 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).
6. In accordance with 33 CFR 160.111 (c), the COTP has detennined 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.
7. It is recommended that tows exiting the Algiers and Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) locks contact Vessel Traffic Service.
U.S. Coast Guard
Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River
200 Hendee Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70114