NOTICE TO MARINERS
LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SECTION I - SPECIAL NOTICES
This section contains information of special concern to the Mariner.
NOTICE OF 2022 LIGHT LIST AVAILABILITY
Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public. The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions. While the Light Lists will no longer be available in government printed form, commercial reproductions may be available for purchase from maritime service providers. Local Notice to Mariners will continue to advertise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections. Complete versions of the 2022 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates. A summary of 2022 Light List corrections are available at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections.
LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER - CHANNEL CONDITION
The COTP Lower Mississippi River has issued a Safety Advisory due to the expected rapid increase in river levels over the next several days. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution, due to the hazardous conditions associated with strong currents, severe outdrafts, missing or off station aids to navigation and diving buoys. Fleet operators should regularly check their fleets and immediately report barge breakaways to the U.S. Coast Guard.
SECTION VII – GENERAL
This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.
LA - SOUTHWEST PASS - MISSISSIPPI RIVER - Dredge Operation
Continuing through approximately February 9, 2022, the U.S. Government Hopper Dredge WHEELER is working in Southwest Pass, from Head of Passes Mile 0.0, to approximately Mile -22.0, BHOP and in the Mississippi River, from Head of Passes to approximately Mile 13.0, AHOP. The dredge will work 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The dredge can be contacted on either VHF-FM Channel 16 or 67, for sailing instructions. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. The point of contact with the USACE New Orleans District is Michelle Kornick, at (504) 862-1842 or Heather Jennings, at (504) 862-1253.
LA - MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MILE 12.05, AHOP - MILE 82.7, AHOP – Anchorages
In accordance with 33 Code of Federal Regulations 110.195 (b), the following temporary anchorages are being established only as emergency anchorages to alleviate vessel congestion and is planned for use during High Water and Fog Conditions. No vessel shall occupy these temporary anchorage areas unless expressly authorized by Vessel Traffic Service New Orleans. With the exception of Phoenix Anchorage, the following existing anchorages are being temporarily extended to include the below mile markers only. Existing descending banks and widths, as outlined in 33 Code of Federal Regulations 110.195, remain unchanged. Boothville Anchorage:
An area, 0.95 miles in length, from Mile 12.05, AHOP – Mile 13.0, AHOP.
Point Michel Anchorage:
An area, 0.8 miles in length, from Mile 40.0, AHOP – Mile 40.8, AHOP.
An area, 0.1 miles in length, from Mile 45.4, AHOP – Mile 45.5, AHOP.
An area, 1.4 miles in length from Mile 52.5, AHOP – Mile 53.9, AHOP.
Lower 9 Miles Point Anchorage:
An area, 0.1 miles in length, from Mile 82.6, AHOP – Mile 82.7, AHOP.
An area, 0.6 miles in length, along the LDB, of the Lower Mississippi River, extending from Mile 57.82, AHOP to Mile 58.42, AHOP.
The width of the anchorage is 400 feet. The inner boundary of the anchorage is a line parallel to the nearest bank 400 feet from the water’s edge into the river as measured from the Low Water Reference Plane. The outer boundary of the anchorage is a line parallel to the nearest bank 800 feet from the water’s edge into the river as measured from the Low Water Reference Plane.
LA - MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MILE 35.0, AHOP - Subaqueous Stone Placement
Commencing approximately January 31, 2022 and continuing through approximately February 28, 2022, a U.S. Government Contractor will be placing subaqueous stone along the RDB, of the Lower Mississippi River, at approximate Mile 35.0, AHOP. The contractor will work 7-days a week, 10-hours a day, during daylight hours. The plant will include an anchor barge with hydraulic backhoe. An office barge and various material barges will be on-site, staged along the river at this location. During night hours, the contractor will be staged along the LDB, out of the Lower Mississippi River Channel. The M/V OSCAR WALTERS can be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16, or at (318) 452-0116. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. The point of contact with the USACE New Orleans District is John Page, at (337) 291-3015.
LA - MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MILE 59.0, AHOP - Dock Construction Operations
Continuing until approximately August 1, 2022, construction of two Suezmax docks and one barge dock is taking place on the Lower Mississippi River, near Mile 59.0, AHOP, RDB. Operations will be conducted, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m., until 5;00 p.m. The on-scene vessel is Crane Barge LYNNE. Crane Barge LYNNE can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 72. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution.