NOTICE TO MARINERS
LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SECTION I - SPECIAL NOTICES
This section contains information of special concern to the Mariner.
U.S. COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER TO TRANSITION THE NAVIGATION CENTER WEBSITE
The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center is going to transition the Navigation Center website to a new, enhanced version in the first quarter of 2022. As part of this transition, URLs will be updated across the site including URLs linked to PDFs. Therefore, once the transition is complete, legacy site URLS will no longer function, including bookmarked URLs and URLs used in automatic downloading of data and/or products. Outdated URLs will automatically redirect to the home page of the site, and from there you will be able to easily navigate to your preferred page.
Below are a few of the “old”/new URL pairs listed for your convenience. Please note that the new URLs will not be active until we launch the new website. Of course, once it is launched, the new URLs will be available for re-bookmarking. As a reminder, these are top level URLs that may contain additional links that you use. This notice will be updated when the final launch date is determined, and another notice will be issued to notify you when the site goes live. Questions/concerns may be directed to the NAVCENWebTEAM@uscg.mil. Local Notices to Mariners (LNMs) Current URLs: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmMain Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/local-notices-to-mariners-by-cg-district
Light Lists Annual Publication Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/light-list-annual-publication
Light List - Weekly Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/weekly-light-lists
Light List - Corrections Current URLs: https://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections Replacement: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/light-list-summary-of-corrections
SECTION VII – GENERAL
This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.
LA - MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MILE 189.8, AHOP - Pipeline Removal Operations
Continuing through March 10, 2022, pipeline removal operations will be conducted on the Lower Mississippi River, at Mile 189.8, AHOP. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Operations may periodically extend into the channel, potentially causing delays in marine traffic. Mariners can contact Rocky Grow, at (985) 209-3446 or via VHF-FM Channels 13 and 67. Mariners are urged to transit this area at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake.
LA - BATON ROUGE HARBOR - Dredge Operation – UPDATE
Dredge CAPTAIN FRANK has completed dredging operations between approximate positions 30-31-22.19N 091-12-29.19W and 30-33-24.40N 091- 13-08.51W. Demobilization will occur until approximately February 12, 2022. The dredge and tugs will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake after passing arrangements have been made.
MILE 655.0 - MILE 636.0 - REVETMENT OPERATION/ROLLING CHANNEL CLOSURES – UPDATE
Continuing until approximately March 15, 2022, the USACE Contract Vessel, M/V KACIE LUHR and associated barges are conducting revetment operations between approximate Miles 655.0 and 636.0, RDB, Old Town Revetment. Work will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., each day. Equipment for this revetment operation, may intermittently block the navigation channel. Rolling channel closures are necessary to facilitate this operation. Vessel traffic will be passed at the discretion of the on-scene contract pilot, onboard the M/V KACIE LUHR. The following restrictions are in place during this operation: From 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., the channel is closed to southbound vessels. Northbound vessels may be passed at the discretion of the on-scene contract pilot. From 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., the channel is open to pass traffic. Mariners transiting the area are requested to contact the M/V KACIE LUHR to make passing arrangements at the following locations: Northbound - Burke Point, in the vicinity of Mile 636.0 and Southbound – Friars Point, in the vicinity of Mile 655.0. When the channel is open, mariners are requested to not meet, pass or overtake and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake, with a wide berth as is safe and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For queue management, the M/V KACIE LUHR may be contacted via VHF-FM Channel 13, 16 or 72 or at (573) 803-7931.
MILE 546.4 - CHANNEL CONDITION
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Mile 546.4, off the can buoy line. Mariners are urged to exercise caution in the area.