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Operational Guidelines

Mississippi River Condition Update:
The controlling depth for deep draft vessels is currently 44 feet.  There is moderate to severe shoaling in Southwest Pass, especially at the Jetty End of the Pass and Head of Passes.  There is also moderate to severe shoaling in the Pilottown,Cubits Gap area and the Jump (Mile 10 AHP).  The are currently 5 dredges, 4 Hopper and 1 Cutterhead, working to restore the channel.  Due to the high river currently being experienced the shoaling is anticipated to continue.  Please note that the "Spring Rise" has not yet occurred and high water conditions and shoaling could persist for the next several months.

Bar Pilots
Recommended loading draft  for Southwest Pass is 44 feet. 
Due to Flocculation in Southwest Pass, the Bar Pilots have placed the following restrictions in place.  “The Bar Pilots for the Port of New Orleans restrict inbound vessels with a deep fresh water draft of Thirty-Eight feet (38’) or greater to transit Southwest Pass from the Sea Buoy (Entrance Lighted Whistle Buoy “SW”) to Mile 1.5 above Head of Passes” between 3 hours after low tide, to 3 hours after high tide at SWP”.”

Crescent Pilots:
Recommended loading draft for their area of the river is 45 feet. 

One way traffic for 2 vessels with a draft over 40’, from 1 Mile above to 4.5.

Maximum Length for Vessels utilizing General Anchorage - 600 Feet
As a result of the Carrollton Gauge being over 12 feet, the following High Water Restrictions are in place:
*  Daylight Only Docking/Undocking at Buoy Systems and MGMT Rig
*  Daylight Only Docking/Undocking at Chalmette Slip, Two Tractor Tugs required, No stern first dockings.
*  No Head Down Dockings

NOBRA Pilots
Current recommended loading draft is as follows: 47 feet from New Orleans to Mile 180; 45 feet from Mile 180 to Mile 234.
As a result of the Carrollton Gauge being over 12 feet, the following High Water Restrictions are in place:
Daylight Docking/Undocking at midstream transfer facilities and any berth that requires the use of a mooring boat.