Setting of Port Condition YANKEE

Effective at 1200 local time on August 25, 2020, in response to the predicted track of Hurricane LAURA, the Captain of the Port (COTP), Sector New Orleans will set Port Condition YANKEE in accordance with the Maritime Hurricane Contingency Port Plan (MHCPP) found at

Port Status: Vessel traffic control measures in effect.

Vessel movement is authorized within the COTP New Orleans Zone, as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 3.40-15 as follows:

• On the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 20 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to MM 303 AHP
• On the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from MM 44.2 East of Harvey Locks (EHL) to MM 20 West of Harvey Locks (WHL)

The Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 20 Below Head of Passes to MM 20 AHP remains at Port Condition ZULU.  No vessel movement in this area is permitted without permission from the COTP or designated representative.  Please use attachment (1) to request a vessel movement within an area of the port in Port Condition ZULU.

RNA Status: The COTP has ordered the enforcement of the Hurricane Regulated Navigation Areas (RNA) – East and West, described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 165.838.  Refer to MSIB Volume XX Issue 091 for details.  The RNA canals shall not be used for safe haven.

Lock Status:
• Bayou Sorrel Lock – open
• Port Allen Lock – open
• Harvey Lock – open
• Algiers Lock – open
• IHNC Lock – closed

The Lake Borgne Surge Barrier and Seabrook Complex remain closed.

(1) Request for Vessel Movement Deviation Form – submit via email to

For additional information, contact the following:

Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280 Email address:
Sector New Orleans Command Center (24 hour): (504) 365-2200
Vessel Traffic Center (24 Hour): (504) 365-2514 or VHF-FM channels 5A, 12, or 67
Coast Guard District Eight Bridges: (504) 671-2128
National Response Center (24 Hour): 1-800-424-8802