Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA Update:  LaGrange Lock   IRCA Members and Guests,   As most of you are aware, the ice conditions proved to be especially difficult at LaGrange this weekend.  An ice gorge near Briggs Landing choked some of the flows to the lock – allowing ice to build and thicken on the dam and in the…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA Locking Committee Call Notes   IRCA Members and Guests,   The IRCA Locking Committee hosted a call today with USACE to discuss ice buildup concerns at LaGrange Lock.  To help mitigate ice buildup and to hopefully prevent tow width restrictions, n/b vessels departing the lock are requested to (when safely possible) shove into the…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA: O’Brien Lock   FYI…   Jeremy “Shot” Tardy Western Rivers Boat Management, Inc. Office:  270.444.4772 Mobile:  270.933.8056 Email:  tardy@westernriversboat.com ________________________________________________   1/7/2022 – MV Prairie State around O’Brien Lock heading out of South Chicago Aimee Williams Dispatch – Traffic Manager Illinois Marine Towing, Inc. E-mail: awilliams@imtowing.com Phone: 815.207.2626 | Mobile: 815.762.8953 203 N. Ottawa…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

NOTICE TO MARINERS ILLINOIS WATERWAY LNM 01-22   SECTION I – SPECIAL NOTICES This section contains information of special concern to the Mariner.   ILLINOIS WATERWAY – CHANNEL CONDITION/SAFETY ADVISORY The following area is in the low water watch phase IAW the Western Rivers WAP Annex: Zone 7 (Mile 187.0 – Mile 145.6). Deep draft…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA: Peoria Lock Ice Pic   Please see below pic of s/b Peoria Lock approach.  Thanks for sharing, Capt. Jeff!   Best regards,   Jeremy “Shot” Tardy Western Rivers Boat Management, Inc. Office:  270.444.4772 Mobile:  270.933.8056 Email:  tardy@westernriversboat.com ________________________________________________ Good morning all,   Just a down bound look at Peoria lock. Jeffrey Stoneking Port Captain…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA: LaGrange Lock   Please see below pic and info from ACBL Port Captain Jeff Stoneking…   Best regards,   Jeremy “Shot” Tardy Western Rivers Boat Management, Inc. Office:  270.444.4772 Mobile:  270.933.8056 Email:  tardy@westernriversboat.com ___________________________________________________ Good morning, Kenny Eads this morning on the upper long wall at LaGrange waiting  while they make ice lockage.  At…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA: Ice Conditions Update IW 7 Jan   With the exception of Brandon Road Lock all locks are at or near 100% ice coverage above the chamber with varying degrees of ice below.  Dresden Island, Marseilles, Starved Rock, Peoria, and LaGrange locks will require helper boats to pull northbound cuts.  Marseilles Lock is requiring helper…
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Notice to Navigators: Chicago River

Safety Zone, Brandon Road Lock and Dam to Lake Michigan Including Des Plaines River, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Chicago River, and Calumet-Saganashkee Channel, Chicago, IL   Notice Number: 2022-00216 Date: The regulation in 33 CFR 165.930 will be enforced from 10 p.m. on January 8, 2022 through 2 a.m. on January 9, 2022.   Notification…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA: Ice Conditions Update IW   Ice conditions have caused LaGrange Lock to no longer be able to pull cuts northbound – a helper boat is required.  Ice is beginning to form below the lock chamber but for now they are still able to pull southbound cuts.  Please see below and attached for more information.…
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Notice to Navigators: Illinois River

IRCA: Marseilles Canal Blockage – Update   Crane crew arrived at 19:30hrs this evening, and I just received word that the spud is out and the vessel is now underway.   The blockage in the Marseilles Canal is cleared.  Traffic can resume to Rules of the Road.   Be safe, Jeremy “Shot” Tardy Western Rivers…
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