The USCG has removed their draft restriction at Cubit’s Gap; MM 02 to MM04 AHOP.“The maximum draft should be determined at Master/Pilot discretion.”Accordingly, the Crescent Pilots have set a maximum draft of 46’ for the same area (MM 02 to MM04 AHOP).A VTS Measure REMAINS in effect with the following provisions:* Sea-going deep draft vessels from MM 02 to MM 04 AHP:One-way traffic, with no meeting or overtaking of vessels with drafts 40ft and above.
The full MSIB is below.
Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Lower Mississippi River, in accordance with the Navigation Safety Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations Title 33, Subpart 161.11, will establish a VTS Measure for the waters of the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 02 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to MM 04 AHP.
This Measure is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with silting in the deep water channel in the vicinity of Cupits Gap.
Based on U.S. Army Corps surveys, the Coast Guard is rescinding the 44 foot maximum draft restriction at MM 02 to 04 AHP.
The maximum draft should be determined at Master/Pilot discretion.
A VTS Measure REMAINS in effect with the following provisions:
* Sea-going deep draft vessels from MM 02 to MM 04 AHP: One-way traffic, with no meeting or overtaking of vessels with drafts 40ft and above.
Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting this area.
For further information, contact:
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Command Center: (504) 365-2200
Coast Guard Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280
Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River: (504) 365-2230, VHF FM Ch. 05A, 11,12, 67