VTS Lower Mississippi River: 5 Day Outlook Saturday, December 16, 2023

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

 

December 10– December 22 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.

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 - 056

Until further notice 24/7 One-way traffic; ships shall check in with contact pilots onboard M/V KATHY PAWG on VHF-FM 67 or 71

See updated Alliance Anchorage info below.

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.
Bank Stabilization Operations

MM 248-250

MSIB – 063, Update 2

December 5 – December 20 0800-1600 One-way traffic at slowest safe speed. Vessels shall contact the M/V HARVEY SBISA on VHF Ch. 12, 13, or 16 to make passing arrangements.

 

Tows transiting southbound during working hours (0800-1600) should be no more than four (4) barges wide. It is highly recommended that southbound tows five (5) barges or larger wide flank the bend at Arbroth in the vicinity of MM 250 when transiting after working hours.

Alliance Anchorage

MSIB - 056

Until further notice N/A Northern 5,800’ of anchorage is open. Vessels must notify Contact Pilot onboard M/V KATHY PAWG on VHF-FM 67 or 71 to deconflict with Saltwater Sill operations.
Point Celeste Anchorage

MSIB - 034

Until further notice N/A Northern 3,750’ of anchorage is open. Vessels must notify M/V JS CHATRY on VHF-FM 67 or 71 to deconflict with dredging operations.
Harvey Lock 

USACE Nav Bulletin No. 23-129

Until further notice Open during daylight hours Due to differences of water levels between the LMR and the Harvey Locks, the Locks are scheduled to be OPEN for navigation during daylight hours, but the decision will be made daily based on current river conditions. Please contact lockmaster on VHF CH.14 or (504) 366-4683 to confirm operations or arrange nighttime passage.

Slowest safe speed from passing ships to minimize wake.

 

Harvey Canal Sector Gate

MSIB – 064

December 18 – December 22 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 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 pass.

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 062 – Oil Discharge – Gulf of Mexico has been rescinded.

As a result of a recent pipeline survey, there is an exposed line approximately 7NM East of the Delta National Wildlife Refuge at 29-15-37.76N, 089-01-11.83W. The pipeline is currently marked with a 36-inch orange buoy. The M/V LESLIE ANN is on site and can be contacted at 985-677-9105. Mariners should keep clear of the location, transit the area with caution, and refrain from fishing, trawling, or anchoring.

No significant concerns to navigation exist at this time. For more information, please see the latest press release at  UPDATE 3: Unified Command monitors, responds to Gulf oil incident.

 

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.

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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 056: VTS Safety Measure - Saltwater Barrier Sill MM 63.8 (Update 2)

 

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 new sill is being constructed to an elevation of minus 30’ with a 620’ wide, minus 52’ cut along the Left Descending Bank (LDB) allowing for deep draft vessels to transit. The following channel restrictions will be in effect beginning on September 23 at 1200:

  • All vessels are limited to one way traffic from MM 63.3 to 64.2 AHP confined to a channel 620’ wide. The channel is marked on its corners by four white buoys with fixed white all-around lights.
    • All vessels transiting this zone shall check-in with and take direction from the Contact Pilot on VHF Channels 67 or 71 at the following points:
      • Southbound Vessels – Wills Point, MM 68 AHP
      • Northbound Vessels – Poverty Point, MM 59 AHP
    • All vessels shall transit at their slowest safe speed between MM 63.0 to 65.5 AHP.
    • Alliance Anchorage is closed to all traffic.
    • The Contact Pilot is the Coast Guard’s Designated Representative.
    • These measures will remain in effect until rescinded/adjusted at a future date.

Buoy Locations: 29 42 11.2845N, 089 58 44.1128W

29 42 01.5399N, 089 58 38.3448W

29 42 15.2087N, 089 58 37.7989W

29 42 04.2639N, 089 58 31.7873W

 

Advance Notice: Revetment Operations

Starting in January 2024, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) will begin revetment operations on the Lower Mississippi River. Once the schedule is confirmed, the dates will be promulgated by the U.S. Coast Guard via Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM), Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB), and/or industry-wide email.