VTS Lower Mississippi River: 5 Day Outlook Friday, January 5, 2024

READ THIS LINE FIRST! The below table provides updated information to the referenced MSIB or other operation impacting navigation. This outlook is the LATEST and MOST ACCURATE Information. Latest updates are in red text.

 

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Location Date Time Closure or Restriction
Subaqueous Stone Placement

MM 23.5

MSIB - 060

 

USACE Nav Bulletin 23-153

 

December 10 – December 22

 

January 3 – January 17

Daylight hours Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the M/V KACIE LUHR and MEGAN DAWN on VHF Marine Channels 13, 16 and 67.

 

The contractor will work 7 days a week, 10 hours a day, during daylight hours. During nighttime hours, the contractor will be staged along the LDB outside the channel.

Revetment (Neptune Pass)

MM 23.1

MSIB – 066

February 28 – March 5 0600 – 1900 All vessels shall transit at slowest safe speed when transiting past the MSU during working hours. MSU will not fold in at night. Contact pilot for the operation is the M/V William James and can reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.
Water Barge Distribution

MM 49.2

MSIB - 058

October 6 - TBD 24/7 Slow safe speed/wide berth to minimize wake.
Saltwater Barrier Sill

MM 63.5-64

MSIB - 003

Until further notice 24/7 One-way traffic for deep draft vessels. Shallow draft vessels can transit outside the buoys. See updated Alliance Anchorage info below.
Revetment (Poydras)

MM 84.3

MSIB – 066

February 17 - February 25 0600 – 1900 All vessels shall transit at slowest safe speed when transiting past the MSU during working hours. MSU will not fold in at night. Contact pilot for the operation is the M/V William James and can reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.
Revetment (Avondale)

MM 108

MSIB – 066

February 1 – February 16 0600 – 1900 One-way traffic during working hours. All vessels shall transit at slowest safe speed when transiting past the MSU during working hours. MSU will extend 600’ into channel during non-working hours. Contact pilot for the operation is the M/V William James and can reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.
Subaqueous Stone Placement

MM 108.5

USACE Nav Bulletin No. 23-152

 

Delayed until January 8 – January 12 Daylight Hours Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with the M/V HERBERT J. PLAISANCE on VHF Marine Channels 16, 67 and 72.

 

The contractor will work 10 hours a day during daylight hours. During nighttime hours, the contractor will be staged along the RDB outside the channel.

Revetment (Vacherie)

MM 149.4

MM 148.7

MSIB – 066

March 6 – March 16 0600 – 1900 One-way traffic during working hours. All vessels shall transit at slowest safe speed when transiting past the MSU during working hours. MSU will not fold in at night. Contact pilot for the operation is the M/V William James and can reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.
Revetment (St. Gabriel)

MM 199

MSIB – 066

January 21 – January 31 0600 – 1900 No deep-draft vessel transits during working hours. All vessels shall transit at slowest safe speed when transiting past the MSU during working hours. MSU will fold-in at night. Contact pilot for the operation is the M/V William James and can reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.
Revetment (Manchac)

MM 214.2

MSIB – 066

January 12 – January 20 0600 – 1900 All vessels are restricted from transiting during working hours. MSU will fold-in at night. Contact pilot for the operation is the M/V William James and can reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.
College Town Light

MM 225-228.3

MSIB - 041

Until further notice 24/7 All towing vessels in vicinity of College Town Light (MM 225 to MM228.3) are reminded and advised to keep flat on the bank and provide a wide berth to deep-draft traffic.
Fireworks Display

MM 229.5-230

MSIB – 069

January 8 2145 – 2230 COTP will enforce safety zone for fireworks display near Downtown Baton Rouge.

 

Designated Representative is Mr. Mr. Daryl Armentor; Contact via VHF-FM Channels 16 or 67.

Alliance Anchorage

MSIB – 003

 

Until further notice N/A Lower 0.5 miles (approx. 2,700’) of Alliance anchorage is closed.
Point Celeste Anchorage

MSIB - 034

Until further notice N/A Vessels are requested to keep clear of any dredging operations and maintain standoff distance of 800’-1,000’. Contact vessels are M/V VIRGINIA WOOD and M/V MR KELLY.
Harvey Lock 

USACE Nav Bulletin No. 23-129

Until further notice Open during daylight hours OPEN for navigation during daylight hours. Please contact lockmaster to arrange nighttime passage. Slowest safe speed from passing ships to minimize wake.
Harvey Canal Sector Gate

MSIB – 064

January 4 – January 11 Closed 0700 – 1700.

 

OPEN 1100 -1300

Closed at the Harvey Canal Sector Gate, located just south of the Lapalco Bridge, GIWW Mile 2.8 WHL.

 

Slowest safe speed. Contact M/V HUSTLER on VHF Ch. 13 for additional information.

 

 

MSIB 069 - Safety Zone for Fireworks Display Near Downtown Baton Rouge January 8th, 2024

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Captain of the Port New Orleans will enforce the below safety zone within the Captain of the Port New Orleans area of responsibility.  This safety zone is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with a fireworks display.

Louisiana Governor's Inauguration Ceremony Fireworks Display

  • Date and time: January 8, 2024, from 09:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mile Marker (MM) 229.5 to MM 230, near Downtown Baton Rouge.
  • Designated Representative: Mr. Daryl Armentor; Contact via VHF-FM Channels 16 or 67.

MSIB 066 - Revetment Operations: January - March 2024

The Captain of the Port of New Orleans is issuing a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Safety Measure for the waters of the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) listed in the table above to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) revetment operations. The table outlines the transit restrictions that apply at each respective location.

The following conditions apply at all locations:

  • The working hours for the Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) are from 0600-1900 daily.
  • The contact pilot for the operations is the M/V William James and can reached on VHF CH. 67 or 82.
  • All vessels shall transit at slowest safe speed when transiting past the MSU during working hours.

The dates of the work and restrictions listed above are subject to change. Daily updates to the schedule and restrictions will be messaged in the Vessel Traffic Service 5-day outlook email.

MSIB 064 - Gulf Intracoastal Waterway - Harvey Canal Sector Gate Closure

 

Commencing on or about December 18, 2023, and continuing for at least five days, the Harvey Canal will be closed to navigation at the Harvey Canal Sector Gate, located just south of the Lapalco Bridge, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), Mile 2.8 West of Harvey Lock (WHL). This closure is due to emergency dredge operations for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority West and will occur daily, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow any vessels to passThis operation will resume on January 4, 2024 and continue to approximately January 11, 2024.

All vessels shall transit at their slowest safe speed when passing the work site. The on-scene vessel M/V HUSTLER can be contacted on VHF Channel 13 for additional information.

The list of restrictions for use of Harvey and Algiers Locks can be found on the New Orleans District US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) website at https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/LockStatus.

 

MSIB 060: Mississippi River – Bank Stabilization Stone Placement

The Captain of the Port New Orleans is issuing Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Safety Measures to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ bank stabilization & stone placement work at the locations listed below. Construction efforts will involve multiple vessels and barges with anchors deployed encroaching into the navigation channel. The below dates and restrictions may vary based on operations. Daily updates to the schedule and restrictions will be messaged via the Vessel Traffic Service 5-day outlook email.

All interested navigation stakeholders are highly encouraged to subscribe to the VTS 5-day outlook email here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/subscriber/new.  Subscribers should enter their preferred email, then ensure “VTS LMR” is selected under ‘Mariners Tab’ and submit. Operation will continue from January 3-17, 2024.

Location Mile Marker / Bank Date / Time Restrictions
Neptune 23.5 / LDB Dec 10–Dec 22 / 0700–1900 Slow bell

All vessels shall transit at their slowest safe speed when passing the work site. The on-scene vessels M/V KACIE LUHR and M/V MEGAN DAWN can be contacted by concerned traffic on VHF Channel 13, 16, and 72.

MSIB 058: Mississippi River Saltwater Intrusion

Mariners are advised to operate with caution in the vicinity of the locations listed below until further notice. The USCG will provide updates of locations with active mitigation efforts via industry wide email.

It is recommended that vessel operators working in support of mitigation efforts at or near these locations maintain a proper lookout and notify passing traffic when precautions, such as transiting at slowest safe speed may be needed. Communications should be made on VHF Channel 12 with VHF Channel 67 as a backup. If immediate assistance is needed, operators should contact the Lower Mississippi River Vessel Traffic Service.

 

Location River MM (AHP) & Bank
Port Sulfur 49.2 RDB
Pointe A La Hache 49.7 LDB
Belle Chasse 75.5 RDB
Dalcour 80.9 LDB
St. Bernard 88.0 LDB
New Orleans Algiers 95.7 RDB
Gretna 96.7 RDB
West Jefferson 99.1 RDB
New Orleans Carrollton 104.7 LDB
East Jefferson 105.4 LDB

 

MSIB 003: VTS Safety Measure - Saltwater Barrier Sill MM-63.8 (Update 3)

 

The Captain of the Port New Orleans is issuing Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Safety Measures to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ raising of the emergency Saltwater Barrier Sill at Lower Mississippi River Mile Marker (MM) 63.8 Above Head of Passes (AHP). The sill has been constructed to an elevation of minus 30’, with a 620’ wide, minus 55’ notch along the Left Descending Bank (LDB), allowing for deep draft vessels to transit. The following channel restrictions will be in effect beginning at 1000 on January 2, 2024:

1) All vessels drafting 25’ and greater are limited to one way traffic from MM 63.5 to 64.0 AHP, confined to a channel 620’ wide. The channel is marked on its corners by four buoys. All deep draft vessels transiting this zone shall proactively make passing arrangements to avoid meeting or overtaking between MM 63.5 and 64.0.

2) Vessels drafting less than 25’ are permitted and encouraged to transit through the area above the saltwater barrier sill, between Alliance Anchorage and the western channel buoys.

3) All vessels shall transit at their slowest safe speed between MM 63.5 to 65.5 AHP.

4) The lower 2,700’ of Alliance Anchorage is closed to all traffic.

The channel buoy locations are as follows:

  1. 29 42 6.8585 N 089 58 33.4567 W MM 63.7 AHP
  2. 29 42 4.0832 N 089 58 39.7273 W MM 63.7 AHP
  3. 29 42 9.5576 N 089 58 42.9063 W MM 63.8 AHP
  4. 29 42 12.333 N 089 58 36.6357 W MM 63.8 AHP

The Project Managers are Mike Hales, (337) 852-4066, and Avery Castille, (337) 342-5717.

Updates will be disseminated via VTS email distribution, and/or Safety Broadcast Notice to Mariners.