The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) completed the revetment operations at the Greenville Bend location (Mile 99.8 Above Head of Passes) last night and will start work at the White Castle #3 location (Mile 192.7 AHP) tomorrow morning. The Mat Sinking Unit is setting up and expects to begin work at White Castle #3 on schedule tomorrow morning.


The USACE will start work at the White Castle #3 location tomorrow morning at 0600 hours (Wednesday, January 25, 2023) the Ship Channel will be closed to deep-draft vessels (ships) as detailed below with the no transit restriction in place during working hours (0600 hours to 1900 hours daily) starting tomorrow morning.


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


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.


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 in 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 revetment operations.

The USACE has already completed revetment operations at the five locations listed below:

  1. White Castle #1 Mile 193.6 AHP (RDB)
  2. Kenner Bend     Mile 111.3 AHP (LDB)
  3. Linwood            Mile 70.7 AHP (RDB)
  4. Reserve              Mile 138.7 AHP (RDB)
  5. Greenville Bend Mile 99.8 AHP (RDB)