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Operational Guidelines

The following draft recommendations were received this morning.  As conditions can change, you should always check with the pilots prior to loading.



  • The Bar Pilots recommended loading draft for Southwest Pass is 45 feet.

  • The Crescent River Pilots recommended loading draft for their stretch of the river is 47 feet.

  • The 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. 

  • The Federal Pilots advise that their draft recommendation for the Mississippi River is 45 feet.