Daily Update

New Orleans / Mississippi River

April 09, 2024


Good day,
Please find below Mississippi River daily report for April 9, 2024               

A Daily Publication of the New Orleans Board of Trade07:15 hrs. - 04/09/2024New information (Except for the Air Draft, River Stages, and Vessel Information) is highlighted in Green

The Controlling Draft for Deep Draft Vessels is 50 Feet.
There is one dredge working in Southwest Pass.
Due to revetment operations at Mile 148.8, Southbound traffic is restricted from transiting from Mile 148-Mile 150 during working hours, (0600-1900).   Please note, there may be certain times that the plant will be close enough to the shoreline to allow southbound traffic to transit the area.  NOBRA Pilots dispatch will advise when ordering pilotage services if southbound vessels will be permitted to transit the area during working hours.   
 Pilot Recommendations:
Bar Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft: 50 Feet.
Crescent Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft: 50 Feet.
NOBRA Pilots: Recommended loading draft is as follows: 50 feet from New Orleans to Mile 175 ; 47 Feet from Mile 175 - Mile 180; 45 feet from Mile 180 to Mile 234.  Vessels with a draft of 41 feet or greater are required to transit the Baton Rouge Harbor (Mile 180 - Mile 234) during daylight hours only.

NOBRA Pilots - High Interest Vessels
Vessels classified as HIGH Interest by the Coast Guard, A Federal Authority, Any State Authority, or the NOBRA Board of Directors, may require 2 pilots and be limited to daylight transit only along the NOBRA Route.  Any customer of the NOBRA Pilots, docks, berths, moorings, agents, owner, or owner representative may petition the NOBRA Board of Directors to establish or remove the HIV classification.  PER THE NOBRA PILOTS, A VESSEL ONLY REQUIRING A CREW CONTROL SECURITY PLAN (CCSP) BY THE COAST GUARD WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE 2 PILOT RULE.   

Federal Pilots: Recommended maximum loading draft:50 feet from the Sea Buoy to Mile 175; 45 feet from Mile 175 – Mile 232.4; and 40 feet from Mile 232.4 – Mile 233.8.
Coast Guard Notices:
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Waterways Status – Temporary Security Zone – New Orleans, LA
French Quarter Festival will be held in New Orleans, LA beginning on April 11, 2024 and lasting through April 14, 2024. As part of the celebrations, multiple events will be taking place on or adjacent to the Lower Mississippi River (LMR). In anticipation of these events, the Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will be enforcing the following temporary security zone:Temporary Security Zone; French Quarter Festival; April 11 - 14, 2024
- Commencing on April 11, 2024 at 10 a.m. and continuing until April 14, 2024 at 10 p.m.
- All navigable waters within 400 yards of the LDB between MM 94.4 and MM 95.1 AHP, LMR.All vessels are prohibited from entering the above zone unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Ports designated representative, who may be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16 or 67
Lower Mississippi River Bridges Air-Draft Calculations:

​The above clearances were calculated this morning using gauge readings provided by the Army Corps of Engineers. As a guide the pilots require at least an additional 3 feet of clearance for the Vessel's Air Draft.  The individual pilot assigned to the vessel will make the final determination of the vessel's allowable clearance.  Actual clearance should be verified when ordering pilot services. 

To Access the NOAA Ports System for the Lower Mississippi River, go to the following link:
U.S. Corps of Engineers:
Mississippi River - Projection- Based off 48 Hours of Forecast Rainfall

National Information:
Marsec Level – 1



Weather / Marine Zone Forecast

Mississippi River - NOLA Projection-  Based off 16 Days of Forecast Rainfall (Experimental)-


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