Setting of Port Condition NORMAL

This Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) supersedes MSIB Volume XX Issues 089 (Port Condition WHISKEY), 090 (Port Condition X-RAY), 092 (Port Condition YANKEE), 093 (Port Condition ZULU), 094 (Port Condition YANKEE Modified), and 095 (Port Condition YANKEE).

Effective at 0800 local on August 27, 2020, the Captain of the Port (COTP) New Orleans has reopened the COTP New Orleans Zone, as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 3.40-15, including on the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 20 Below Head of Passes to MM 303 Above Head of Passes and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from MM 44.2 East of Harvey Locks (EHL) to MM 20 West of Harvey Locks (WHL) with the exception of Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) East.

RNA East, which includes the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from Mile Marker (MM) 22 East of Harvey Locks (EHL), west on the GIWW, including the Michoud Canal and the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC), extending north ½ mile from the Seabrook Flood Gate Complex out into Lake Pontchartrain and south to the IHNC Lock remains closed.  The Lake Borgne Surge Barrier and Seabrook Complex remain closed.

The Harvey – LaPalco Sector Gate remains closed.

Although waterways are open to traffic, shoaling, storm debris, and other hazards may still exist.  Mariners must be mindful of their vessel wake, as flooding conditions may exist in many communities near waterways. Aids to Navigation may also be damaged or missing. Mariners transiting the area should use caution, and report any Aids to Navigation damage or other waterways issues to VTS LMR via VHF-FM Channel 05A, 12, or 67, or via landline at (504) 365-2514.

Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280 Email address:
Sector New Orleans Command Center (24 hour): (504) 365-2200
Vessel Traffic Center (24 Hour): (504) 365-2514 or VHF-FM channels 5A, 12, or 67
Coast Guard District Eight Bridges: (504) 671-2128
National Response Center (24 Hour): 1-800-424-8802
IHNC Lock: (504) 947-2606
Harvey Lock: (504) 366-5187
Port Allen Lock: (225) 344-8272
Bayou Sorrel Lock: (225) 659-2581
DOTD Bridges: (225) 659-2581
Lock Statuses:
SLFPA – West Structures:
SLFPA – East Structures: