Effective at 10:00 am, local, today, the Maximum Recommended Draft for SW Pass (Sea Buoy to MM 1.5 AHP) will be 46’.
The official announcement is below.
The Bar Pilots for the Port of New Orleans recommend that vessels transiting Southwest Pass from the Sea Buoy (Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy “SW”) to Mile 1.5 above Head of Passes should not have a deep draft in fresh water greater than Forty-Six feet (46 feet).
This draft recommendation, which may be increased or decreased at any time as conditions warrant becomes effective at 1000 hours CST on June 06, 2018.
Nothing in the recommendation should be construed as limiting a pilot in the exercise of their judgement.