Temporary Waterway Transit Requirements between MM 48 to MM 52 AHP LMR and Point Celeste Anchorage Restrictions

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will establish temporary waterway restrictions for all waters along the Right Descending Bank (RDB) of the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 48 to MM 52 Above Head of Passes (AHP). This measure is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with Week’s Marine dredge and pipeline operations and will be in effect with the following provisions:

Beginning April 20, 2023 and continuing until further notice:

All vessels transiting from MM 48 to MM 52 shall contact the on-scene dredge, M/V J.S. CHATRY on VHF channel 16, 67 or (985) 237-5041 to coordinate passing and/or anchoring arrangements.
Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed.

Vessels seeking to anchor in Point Celeste Anchorage shall coordinate with the CG Designated Representative. The Designated Representative is the Master of the on-scene dredge, M/V J.S. CHATRY.

Vessels anchoring in Point Celeste Anchorage shall provide a minimum one-half mile separation between their anchored position and the on-scene dredge unless a deviation is authorized by the Designated Representative.

Vessels anchored in Point Celeste Anchorage who come to interfere with the dredging operations will be required to move.

Updates and/or changes to the published schedule will be broadcast via Broadcast Notice to Mariners.

For further information, contact the following:

Vessel Traffic Center (24 Hour): (504) 365-2514 or VHF-FM channels 5A, 12 or 67

Sector New Orleans Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280, SecNOLA-WPM@uscg.mil

Sector New Orleans Command Center (24 hour): (504) 365-2545


Captain of the Port New Orleans