Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Dredging Update 61818

The Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) continues to respond to the shoaling in Southwest Pass and focus on the Crossings Above New Orleans created by the extended high river stages of early 2018.  The MVN is actively dredging on the Crossings Above New Orleans with all three dustpan dredges and the industry hopper dredge GLENN EDWARDS working to restore the central 250 feet of the authorized channel width (500 feet). There are presently no draft restrictions being enforced with each Pilot Association operating at their full maximum draft recommendations.

The Carrollton Gauge reading at 0800 hours today was 5.63 feet, with a 24-hour change of -0.29 feet.

The Baton Rouge Gauge reading at 0900 hours today was 18.60 feet, with a 24-hour change of – 0.84 feet.

Please see the below for complete details.

DUSTPAN DREDGES ON THE CROSSINGS ABOVE NEW ORLEANS:

HURLEY: The Corps’ dustpan dredge HURLEY has completed restoring the central 250 feet of channel at Red Eye Crossing at Mile 224 Above Head of Passes (AHP) and is presently in the process of moving downriver to Missouri Bend (Mile 222 AHP) to restore full channel dimensions (45 feet by 500 feet). The dustpan dredge began dredging on the Crossings on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

WALLACE McGEORGE: The industry dustpan dredge WALLACE McGEORGE has completed the central 250 feet at Alhambra Crossing (Mile 191 AHP) and is now moving upriver to Granada Crossing (Mile 205 AHP) to begin restoring full channel dimensions (45 feet by 500 feet). The WALLACE McGEORGE commenced dredging on the Crossings on Friday, May 11, 2018.

JADWIN: The Corps’ dustpan dredge JADWIN completed the central 250 feet at Belmont Crossing (Mile 154 AHP) and moved upriver to Rich Bend (Mile 158 AHP) to restore the central 250 feet of channel. The JADWIN began dredging on the Crossings on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

INDUSTRY HOPPER DREDGE ON THE CROSSINGS ABOVE NEW ORLEANS:

GLENN EDWARDS: The industry hopper dredge GLENN EDWARDS (Manson Construction) continues dredging the central 250 feet of channel at Smoke Bend (Mile 175 AHP). The hopper dredge commenced dredging in SWP on April 17, 2018. The GLENN EDWARDS is now expected to complete this contract on June 21, 2018.

CUTTERHEAD DREDGES IN SOUTHWEST PASS (SWP):

G.D. MORGAN: The industry cutterhead dredge G.D. MORGAN (Weeks Marine) continues dredging from Mile 2.5 AHP to Mile 1.5 Below Head of Passes (BHP) on the right descending bank (westside) and is presently at Mile 0.43 BHP. The cutterhead continues to respond to Southwest Pass Cutterhead Dredge Rental Contract No. 2-2018. All material removed will be beneficially used and strategically placed to create new land alongside the western boundary of SWP.

CUTTERHEAD DREDGE AT THE NEW ORLEANS HARBOR:

MIKE HOOKS: The MVN issued a contract to Mike Hooks, Inc. to dredge in the New Orleans Harbor and is coordinating the cutterhead assignment with the representatives of the Port of New Orleans. The cutterhead dredge MIKE HOOKS will respond to this contract, the dredge is continues working under contract directly for the Port of New Orleans. The cutterhead continues working alongside Nashville Avenue Wharf B and at times will extend out a maximum of approximately 1,000 feet (photo attached).