Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Lower Mississippi River, in accordance with the Navigation Safety Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations Title 33, Subpart 161.11, will establish a VTS measure for all waters of the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 93.5 to MM 94.5 Above Head of Passes (AHP). These measures are needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with a Coast Guard sponsored full-scale exercise and are in effect with the following provisions:

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. local time, all vessels are prohibited from transiting between MM 93.5 and MM 94.5.

Vessels should contact Vessel Traffic Service via VHF-FM channel 12 or at (504) 365-2514 for questions or status updates. Additionally, CGC MORAY will be on scene and may be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16.

Updates and/or changes will be broadcast via Broadcast Notice to Mariners and/or industry-wide email.

For additional information:
Vessel Traffic Service (24 hours): (504) 365-2514, VHF-FM Ch. 05A, 11, 12, or 67
Sector New Orleans Command Center (24 hours): (504) 365-2545
Sector New Orleans Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280 or