Southern Currents


Southern Currents 18-035

Southern Currents 18-035.pdf SUBJECT:  Crewmen – Detention Prior to Examination CBP has recently encountered instances where all crewmen on board vessels arriving in the United States were not onboard at the time of inspection. This… Read More »

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Southern Currents 18-033

Southern Currents 18-003.pdf SUBJECT:  Blanket Delay in Departure Due to Tropical Storm Gordon  Blanket Delay in Departure: The CBP Area Port Director has approved a blanket Delay in Departure for those vessels unable to depart the lower Mississippi… Read More »

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Southern Currents 18-032

Southern Currents 18-032.pdf SUBJECT LIMITED: Trade Community Parking Spots in Front of the New Orleans Customhouse On Monday June 25, 2018the parking spots reserved for Trade Partners in front of the U.S. Customhouse at 423 Canal… Read More »

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Southern Currents 18-031: FIRMS Code Establishment for All In-Bond Arrival Facilities

Southern Currents 18-031.pdf CBP has released a Southern Currents describing the requirement for FIRMS Code for “in-bond” shipments.     (In Bond Shipment Law and Legal Definition. “In-bond” shipment refers to import or export shipment which has not been cleared… Read More »

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Southern Currents 18-030 Group E-mail Contacts for Cargo Shipment

Southern Currents 18-030.pdf SUBJECT: CBP Group E-mail Contacts for Cargo Shipment Information This message is a reminder to address all e-mails to the appropriate CBP group e-mail. All officers in the respective units monitor these… Read More »

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Southern Currents 18-028 Supersedes 11-008

Southern Currents 18-028.pdf SUBJECT: Carriers’ and Importers’ Responsibility Relating to Liquid Bulk Cargo Releases This Southern Currents Supersedes Southern Currents 11-008 Issued on October 7, 2011. Section 1: Carriers’ Responsibilities Relating to Liquid Bulk Cargo References:… Read More »

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MSIB

VTS Measure – No meeting or overtaking, ships and large tows, MM-117.3 to MM-118.3

Due to construction barges extending 230 ft. into the navigable waterway at ADM Growmark, MM-117.8 RDB, a VTS Measure has been established for one-way, no meetingor overtaking, between all ships and large tow boats, from MM-117.3… Read More »

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USCG MSIB – LMR VTS Measure MM 90-91 AHP – General Anchorage

Salvage operations in General Anchorage are complete. The anchorage is open and normal vessel traffic is authorized.Reminder:  General Anchorage Vessel Length Restriction – General Anchorage is limited to vessels of 500’ LOA or less when… Read More »

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MSIB 50 – MM 219 to MM 240, Baton Rouge 26’ and Falling Supersedes MSIB 45

HIGH WATER SAFETY ADVISORY: MM 219 to MM 240 AHP LMR (26’ and falling) As a result of the Baton Rouge gauge reading 26’ and predicted to fall, the Captain of the Port of New… Read More »

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USCG High Water Restrictions 2018

USCG – High-water Restrictions MSIB 8 – Carrollton Gauge at 8’ and Rising With the Carrollton Gauge expected to read 8 feet and rising, the following operating requirements will be in effect: In accordance with… Read More »

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USCG MSIB – Carrollton Gauge at 9 Feet and Falling

Below is the USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin – Carrollton Gauge at 9 Feet and Falling. Highlights include: Governor Nicholls, Gretna, and Westwego Traffic lights have been turned off. Additionally, the following regulations are no… Read More »

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The USCG has released MSIB 43 – Carrollton Gauge at 12 Feet and Falling

This MSIB supersedes MSIB 28 – Carrollton Gauge at 15 Feet and Falling. Highlights include: Restrictions no longer in effect: Specific stricter barge fleeting standards. Specific high-water requirements for vessels in South Pass and SW… Read More »

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USCG: MSIB Vol. XVIII Issue 047 Hurricane Season 2018

The 2018 Hurricane Season commences June 1st and continues through November 30th. You are strongly encouraged to review your existing hurricane plan or develop a plan if you do not have one. It is extremely… Read More »

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USACE

LaMA Report: Sub-Tropical Storm ALBERTO – USACE Navigation Restoration Conference Call 05/25/2018

A report of today’s USACE’s Navigation Restoration Team conference follows: NOAA/NWS Sub-Tropical Storm ALBERTO: No current tropical watch or warnings in effect for our area. The current weather system affecting the New Orleans area today… Read More »

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Bonnet Carre Spillway: Special Notice

5 March 2018 NAVIGATION BULLETIN NO. 18-37 MISSISSIPPI RIVER BONNET CARRE SPILLWAY SPECIAL NOTICE Mariners are advised that beginning on 8 March 2018 and continuing until further notice, the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway, located on the… Read More »

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Old River Lock

2 March 2018 NAVIGATION BULLETIN NO. 18-34 OLD RIVER LOCK Mariners are advised that once water elevations reach 60.5 feet on the Red River Landing gage, Old River Lock will be closed to navigation. The… Read More »

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Pilots

USCG VTS: Minimum Safe Speed and Wide Breadth at MM 117.8 AHP 26Jul18 1100-2000

USCG is calling for Minimum Safe Speed and Wide Berth as follows: Starting: Today, 26 July 2018 from 1100 to 2000 Hours Local Location:  ADM @ MM 117.8 AHP, RDB For:  Heavy Lift Operations, A… Read More »

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White Castle Anchorage – Closure

It has been requested by the Dredge Wallace McGeorge that we close White Castle Anchorage due to their operations in the area. This closure is effective immediately and will last for approximately two weeks.  I… Read More »

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CRPPA 3rd QTR Pension Surcharge – EFFECTIVE JULY 01, 2018

The CRPPA 3rd QTR Pension Surcharge is 25.69 mill/DWT. Here’s how ‘mills’ works….. Divide the ‘Mills’ by 1000.  So in this case it would be 25.69 divided by 1000 = 0.02569 Then multiple that number… Read More »

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BAR Pilot TARIFF-EFFECTIVE JULY 01, 2018

ASSOCIATED BRANCH PILOTS OF THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS TARIFF Effective July 1, 2018 The said Associated Branch Pilots of the Port of New Orleans (“Bar Pilots”) shall be entitled to ask and receive the… Read More »

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CRPPA Pilots – High Water Restrictions 2018

CRPPA Pilots – High Water Restrictions 8 ft River Carrolton Gauge Below 8 feet Maximum length for General Anchorage 500 ft 8ft and above Maximum length for General Anchorage 600 ft Head downs (daylight only)… Read More »

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CRPPA Restrictions – Below 8 Foot – Carrollton Gauge

Per the attached, the following CRPPA restrictions are in place: 8 Foot River Carrollton Gauge Maximum Vessel Length for General Anchorage – 500 Feet Head-down moorings are daylight only. Stern-first mooring in Chalmette Slip conducted… Read More »

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BAR Pilots Raise Draft at SWP to 47′

Captain Michael Miller, President of the BAR Pilots, has announced that they will increase the Maximum Recommended Draft at SWP to 47’ (FW) effective at 1000 hours, local, today. Here is the official notice: BAR SWP… Read More »

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BAR Pilots – Draft Increased to 46’ Issued 06/06/2018

The Bar Pilots for the Port of New Orleans recommend that vessels transiting Southwest Pass from the Sea Buoy (Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy “SW”) to Mile 1.5 above Head of Passes should not have a… Read More »

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BAR Pilot – SOUTHWEST PASS, RECOMMENDED DRAFT LIMITATION- 46′

Effective at 10:00 am, local, today, the Maximum Recommended Draft for SW Pass (Sea Buoy to MM 1.5 AHP) will be 46’. The official announcement is below. The Bar Pilots for the Port of New… Read More »

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CRPPA Draft Increase

The CRPPA Pilots have increased their maximum recommended drafts as follows: Maximum allowable freshwater draft is 47’00” – Effective immediately.

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BAR Draft Increase

The BAR Pilots have increased their maximum recommended drafts as follows: Maximum allowable freshwater draft is 45’00” – Effective at 1000 Hours, Local, today, 30 May 2018.

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Federal Pilots – Increase Draft to 45 Feet

Effective immediately the Federal Pilots have increased their maximum recommended draft to 45’00”, freshwater.

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BAR Pilots – High Water Restrictions

  BAR Pilots – 44’ Draft Restriction Effective 1030 Hours 3/19/2018, Rescinded 4/7/2018 The Bar Pilots for the Port of New Orleans recommend that vessels transmitting Southwest Pass from the Sea Buoy (Entrance Lighted Whistle… Read More »

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No Timeline for Increased Draft

Pilots are still experiencing problems in the BAR Pilot reach. Captain Miller has no predictions when the recommended draft could be increased from the current 44’ maximum.

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NOBRA Pilots – High Water Restrictions

  NOBRA Pilots – 12 Foot Gauge Restrictions w/ Additional Information Rescinded on 05/15/2018 The Carrollton Gage in New Orleans has reached twelve (12) feet. Effective 12:00 a.m., February 28, 2018, NOBRA will implement the… Read More »

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Federal Pilots – High Water Restrictions

Federal Pilots – 12 Foot Gauge Restrictions Rescinded on 05/15/2018 As a result of the Carrollton Gage reading 12′ and continuing to rise; The Federal Pilots are recommending the following operational restrictions. All head down… Read More »

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NOBRA Pilots – 16 Foot Gauge Restrictions Rescinded

NOBRA Pilots – 16 Foot Gauge Restrictions Rescinded The 16′ high water restrictions that were implemented on March 10, 2018, will be rescinded at 0400, Friday, March 30, 2018. This is due to the Carrollton… Read More »

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Facilities

Chalmette Refinery Hold-In Tugs Requirement, Rescinded with Exceptions

At the current river stage we are discontinuing the holding tug requirement at Chalmette with the exception of any Suez Max class vessels. The Baker Spirt (Suez Max) with an ETB of 4/5 will require… Read More »

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Shell Convent Hold-In Tugs Requirement

The following is in effect at Shell Convent: In light of the high water conditions, visiting ships and ocean going barges will be required to keep hold-in tugs at Shell Convent. Masters should seek pilot… Read More »

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Exxon-Mobil Baton Rouge Hold-In Tugs Requirement

Please see our high water procedure attached. The Hold in tug highlights from page 3 are 39 ft – 1 hold in tug for ships 50k to 79kLT displacement, 2 tugs for 80kLT or greater… Read More »

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Chalmette Refinery Hold-In Tugs Requirement

Based on the current river stage forecast PBF Energy Chalmette Refining will require a minimum of one hold-in tug for all ocean going vessels berthing at Dock 4 starting on 3/8/17. The first vessel affected… Read More »

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IMTT Geismar Hold-In Tugs Requirement

IMTT Geismar: River Stage ≥ 26’.0 – All ships and barges will require additional mooring lines at the dock. This may be implemented sooner if there are safety concerns at risk. River Stage ≥ 26’.0… Read More »

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IMTT St. Rose Hold-In Tugs Requirement

See below for IMTT St. Rose tug requirements and dock restrictions. Hold In Tug Requirements IMTT St. Rose

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Total Petro Chemicals/Cosmar High Water Dock Procedures

To ensure safe mooring at the Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc.’s Cos-Mar Styrene Plant Marine Dock during low and high water conditions on the Mississippi River (river stage of 12 ft. and below and… Read More »

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Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE: PAC ANTARES OIL SPILL MM 100 12APR2018

Below is information on how to make a claim for damages resulting from the oil spill incident of 12 April 2018. PUBLIC NOTICE In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 USC 2714(c)),… Read More »

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