The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) completed the revetment operations at the Greenville Bend location (Mile 99.8 Above Head of Passes) this evening, Monday, January 23, 2023.


The Mat Sinking Unit will move upriver tomorrow to prepare for the work upriver at the White Castle #3 location (Mile 192.7 AHP). The USACE will start work at the White Castle #3 location at 0600 hours on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the no transit restriction for deep-draft vessels (ships) detailed below will be begin that morning. The USACE adjusted the work assignment and will start work on the downriver White Castle site first (modification). The dates listed in the table below are revised and estimated based upon a variety of factors.

Revetment operations at the remaining two White Castle locations will be the trickiest with no ship transits allowed through the area during working hours (daylight – 0600 hours to 1900 hours).

2022/2023 USACE Revetment Schedule and Restrictions

Locations Below Baton Rouge


Locations Mile AHP

(Right or Left)

2023 Scheduled Dates Transit Restrictions
White Castle #2    

193.4 RDB


February 6 to February 14 No deep-draft transits during working

hours. MSU will fold in at night.

White Castle #3   192.7 RDB January 25 to January 27

January 30 to February 5

No deep-draft transits during working

hours. MSU will fold in at night.


Greenville Bend


99.8 RDB



One-way transits with slow bell during

working hours for vessels with drafts of 40

feet or greater. MSU will not fold in.


The New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association (NOBRA) enforce a daylight only transit restriction for vessels with a draft of 41 feet or greater when transiting above Mile 220 AHP.

The NOBRA Pilots will move restricted vessels (drafts 41 or greater) transiting above Mile 220 AHP with two Pilots on Board while revetment operations are ongoing at the two remaining White Castle sites. 

The two pilot adjustment will allow restricted vessels to transit at night as a temporary adjustment to the NOBRA restriction listed below:

“Above LMR MM 220, regardless of the river stage, all vessels drafting 41’ or greater are restricted to daylight only.

Vessels must get underway 3 hours prior to the official sunset time.

Exceptions will be made for shifts from berths to/from the Middle Baton Rouge anchorage.”

There will be no revetment based transit restrictions this weekend (January 28-29) as it is a no work weekend for the Mat Sinking Unit or revetment operations.