The Captain of the Port New Orleans is issuing a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Safety Measure for the waters of the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) from Mile Marker (MM) 70.7 Above Head of Passes (AHP) to MM 239.3 AHP to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) revetment operations. The revetment operations will be conducted from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. local at the listed locations and dates:
(Right or Left) Scheduled Dates Transit Restrictions
Allendale 239.3 RDB September 18 – October 2 Southbound tows limited to 4 barges wide when the MSU is sparred out.
White Castle 193.6 RDB
192.7 RDB October 3 to October 7
October 10 to October 15
November 16 to November 18 November 21 to November 26 No deep-draft transits during working hours. MSU will fold in at night.
Reserve 138.7 LDB November 27 to December 2
December 5 to December 7 One-way transits with slow bell during working hours. MSU will fold in at night.
Kenner Bend 111.3 LDB October 16 to October 20 One-way transits with slow bell during working hours. MSU will fold in at night.
Greenville Bend 99.8 RDB December 8 to December 16
December 19 to December 21 One-way transits with slow bell during working hours for vessels with drafts of 40 feet or greater. MSU will fold in at night.
Linwood 70.7 LDB December 22 to December 23
December 27 to December 29 No transit restrictions during working hours. MSU not required to fold in.
During times of actual revetment work, the Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) will extend approximately 300 to 900 feet channelward from the bank. When the Unit is not folded in, it will extend about 480 feet from the bank channelward. When the Unit is folded in, it will extend approximately 250 feet from the bank. M/V HARRISON and/or M/V WILLIAM JAMES will be the USACE on-scene pilot boats and can be contacted via VHF-FM Channels 67 or at (601) 415-1877.
Updates will be disseminated via VTS email distribution and/or Safety Broadcast Notice to Mariners. For further information, contact:
Sector New Orleans Command Center (24 hour): (504) 365-2545
Vessel Traffic Service (24 hour): (504) 365-2514, VHF FM Ch. 05A, 12, 67
Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280 or SecNOLA-WPM@uscg.mil