Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Dredging Update 1919

The Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) is responding to shoaling in Southwest Pass (SWP) created by the elevated river stages. There are three hopper dredges and one cutterhead working to restore and maintain the Ship Channel in the area of SWP.  The MVN will advertise a hopper bid opening tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, 2019, in an attempt to secure an additional industry hopper dredge.  The Crescent, Bar and Federal Pilots continue to coordinate moving vessel convoys in one direction at a time on the Mississippi River in an effort to reduce the queue of backlogged vessels.

 

TRANSIT RESTRICTIONS AT CUBITS GAP:

The Crescent River Ports Pilots Association (CRPPA), based on the latest MVN channel surveys, recommend a maximum draft recommendation of 47 feet (freshwater) with one-way traffic for 2 vessels over 40 feet from 1 Mile above to 1 Mile Below the Lower Gap Light.

TRANSIT RESTRICTIONS SOUTHWEST PASS (SWP):

The Bar Pilots continue to utilize the flocculation-based transit restriction for all inbound vessels arriving Southwest Pass with a freshwater draft of 38-feet or greater.  Inbound vessels with a draft of 38-feet or greater are only allowed to enter SWP “between 3 hours after low tide, to 3 hours after high tide at SWP.”  The restriction became effective at 1000 hours on, Monday, November 26, 2018.  The official notice as released by the Bar Pilots is attached, please refer to it for complete details.

The Federal Pilots implemented a similar flocculation-based restriction for inbound vessels with a draft of 38-feet or greater on November 27, 2018.  The official notice is also attached.

HOPPER DREDGE(S) IN SOUTHWEST PASS (SWP):

NEWPORT:  The hopper dredge NEWPORT (Manson Construction) is dredging from Mile 0.75 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to Mile 0.5 AHP.  The NEWPORT began dredging under Southwest Pass Hopper Dredge Rental Contract #1-2019 in SWP on November 28, 2018.

WHEELER: The Corp’s hopper dredge WHEELER continues dredging at Cubits Gap from Mile 3.5 AHP to Mile 2.5 AHP under Readiness Exercise #1-2019.  The Readiness Exercise began on Monday, January 7, 2019 and is expected to last until approximately January 19, 2019.

GLENN EDWARDS: The industry hopper dredge GLENN EDWARDS (Manson Construction) is expected to resume dredging later tonight.  The dredge has been undergoing repairs in the Venice Anchorage but will soon resume dredging operations on assignment from the Head of Passes (Mile 0) to Mile 1 BHP.  The GLENN EDWARDS commenced dredging on December 18, 2018 and is working under Southwest Pass Hopper Dredge Rental Contract #6-2018.

The Carrollton Gauge (New Orleans) reading at 1700 hours today was 13.67 feet with a 24-hour change of + 0.15 feet.

The Baton Rouge Gauge reading at 1800 hours today was 35.96 feet with a 24-hour change of + 0.36 feet.

The graph below is reproduced from NOAA’s National Weather Service website and represents an experimental product to account for the complexity of accurately predicting long-range precipitation.  This forecast projects stage levels based on expected precipitation for 2 days (top) and 16 days (bottom) and was developed within the North American Ensemble Forecast System (NAEFS) computer model and highlights Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts (QPF).  Along with the forecasts, a shaded area is also provided to indicate uncertainty for the forecast each day in the future.   These plots are experimental and not an official forecast product.

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Please see the attached reports for complete details related to transit restrictions and dredge assignments.

LMR Dredging Update 1919.pdf

The Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley New Orleans (MVN) is responding to shoaling in Southwest Pass (SWP) created by the elevated river stages. There are three hopper dredges and one cutterhead working to restore and maintain the Ship Channel in the area of SWP. The MVN will advertise a hopper bid opening tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, 2019, in an attempt to secure an additional industry hopper dredge. The Crescent, Bar and Federal Pilots continue to coordinate moving vessel convoys in one direction at a time on the Mississippi River in an effort to reduce the queue of backlogged vessels.

TRANSIT RESTRICTIONS AT CUBITS GAP:

The Crescent River Ports Pilots Association (CRPPA), based on the latest MVN channel surveys, recommend a maximum draft recommendation of 47 feet (freshwater) with one-way traffic for 2 vessels over 40 feet from 1 Mile above to 1 Mile Below the Lower Gap Light. The CRPPA, Bar Pilots and Federal Pilots continue to move vessels in and out of the Mississippi River in convoys focusing on inbounds and followed by outbound convoys.

TRANSIT RESTRICTIONS SOUTHWEST PASS (SWP):

The Bar Pilots continue to utilize the flocculation-based transit restriction for all inbound vessels arriving Southwest Pass with a freshwater draft of 38-feet or greater. Inbound vessels with a draft of 38-feet or greater are only allowed to enter SWP “between 3 hours after low tide, to 3 hours after high tide at SWP.” The restriction became effective at 1000 hours on, Monday, November 26, 2018. The official notice as released by the Bar Pilots is attached, please refer to it for complete details.

The Federal Pilots implemented a similar flocculation-based restriction for inbound vessels with a draft of 38-feet or greater on November 27, 2018. The official notice is also attached.

HOPPER DREDGE(S) IN SOUTHWEST PASS (SWP):

NEWPORT: The hopper dredge NEWPORT (Manson Construction) is dredging from Mile 0.75 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to Mile 0.5 AHP. The NEWPORT began dredging under Southwest Pass Hopper Dredge Rental Contract #1-2019 in SWP on November 28, 2018.

WHEELER: The Corp’s hopper dredge WHEELER continues dredging at Cubits Gap from Mile 3.5 AHP to Mile 2.5 AHP under Readiness Exercise #1-2019. The Readiness Exercise began on Monday, January 7, 2019 and is expected to last until approximately January 19, 2019.

GLENN EDWARDS: The industry hopper dredge GLENN EDWARDS (Manson Construction) is expected to resume dredging later tonight. The dredge has been undergoing repairs in the Venice Anchorage but will soon resume dredging operations on assignment from the Head of Passes (Mile 0) to Mile 1 BHP. The GLENN EDWARDS commenced dredging on December 18, 2018 and is working under Southwest Pass Hopper Dredge Rental Contract #6-2018.

CUTTERHEAD DREDGE(S) IN SOUTHWEST PASS (SWP):

R.S. WEEKS: The industry cutterhead dredge R.S. WEEKS (Weeks Marine) is presently dredging at approximately Mile 12.7 Below Head of Passes (BHP) on the eastern channel edge. The cutterhead began dredging on assignment from Mile 10.5 BHP to 17.8 BHP on December 15, 2018. The R.S. WEEKS previously removed 2.5 million cubic yards (mcy) of material from the Hopper Dredge Disposal Area (HDDA) before being released from that contract (to remove a total of 12 mcy from the HDDA) to respond to Southwest Pass Cuttherhead Rental Contract #1- 2019.

The R.S. WEEKS is expected to return to the HDDA contract later this month when the cutterhead dredge CAPTAIN FRANK will replace it on this assignment in SWP (Mile 10.5 to Mile 17.8 BHP).

Associated Branch Pilots

Bar Pilot Flocculation Notice 112618.pdf

RE: SOUTHWEST PASS, TRANSIT RESTRICTION DUE TO FLOCCULATION

The Bar Pilots for the Port of New Orleans restrict inbound vessels with a deep fresh water draft of Thirty-Eight feet (38) or greater to transit Southwest Pass from the Sea Buoy (Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy “SW”) to mile 1.5 above Head of Passes “between 3 hours after low tide, to 3 hours after high tide at SWP”.

The restriction becomes effective at 1000 hours on November 26, 2018.

Nothing in the recommendations should be construed as limiting a pilot in the exercise of their judgment.

ASSOCIATED BRANCH PILOTS

 

Federal Pilots

Due to the presence of flocculation; effective immediately, The Federal Pilots of Louisiana recommendthat any inbound vessels with a fresh water draft of 38’ or greater shall enter SWP 3 hours after low tide to 3hours after high tide.