NOTICE TO MARINERS
SECTION VII – GENERAL
This section contains information of general concern to the Mariners. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting these areas.
LA - OLD RIVER LOCK - Lock Condition
Commencing February 22, 2021 and continuing until March 9, 2021, Old River Lock will periodically be closed to navigation for up to 4-days at a time to perform operational load tests on the newly installed Emergency Bulkhead Lowering Carriage Machinery. Navigation will be allowed to pass between load test cycles. The maximum estimated time for a load test cycle will be 4-days. Old River Lock plans to clear the queue between load test cycles before starting another load test cycle. Old River Lock personnel will do all that is possible to minimize the impacts to the navigation industry. The load tests must be performed to assure that the New Emergency Bulkhead Lowering Carriage Machinery is fully operational in the event of an actual operational emergency. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution when the lock is periodically opened to clear the queue. The Lockmaster, Anthony Lindsly, can be reached, at (225) 492-3333 (Office) or (504) 407- 4434 (Cell). The point of contact for the USACE New Orleans District is Russell Beauvais, Operations Manager, at (225) 492-2169 (Office) or (225) 202-3851 (Cell).