The USCG has released their MSIB for the LMR at 15 Feet and Rising.

Highlights include:

Until further notice, vessel-to-vessel cargo transfers are prohibited unless specifically approved in advance by the Captain of the Port (COTP).  

This temporary VTS Measure restricts the cargo transfers authorized in designated anchorages as noted 33 CFR 110.195, and also restricts all barge-to-barge mid-stream cargo transfers.

This VTS Measure does NOT restrict:

• Vessel-to-vessel transfers which take place at a Coast Guard regulated facility.
• Bunkers or the delivery of ships stores.
• Cargo operations which take place in a designated and established mid-stream buoy system.

All other provisions issued under LMR 12’ and Rising remain in effect.