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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). 

Bar Pilots
Recommended loading draft  for Southwest Pass is 44 feet. 

Crescent Pilots:

Recommended loading draft for their area of the river is 44 feet.
General Anchorage is closed.  The Pilots will only utilize General Anchorage in emergencies.
As a result of the Carrollton Gauge being over 16 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
*  Daylight only docking/undocking for Any mooring operations requiring a line boat
*  Vessels with a draft in excess of 30 feet and greater and a pilot ordered after 1600 hrs and fog predicted will require one assist tug.


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.

Bonnet Carree  Anchorage is currently closed.


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.
As a result of the Carrollton Gauge being over 16 feet, the additional High Water Restrictions are in place:
1. Mile 233.0 AHP to Mile 90.5 AHP, south bound vessels will be daylight only;
2. Mile 170.0 AHP to Mile 232.2 AHP, all vessels will be daylight only; and
3. Vessels anchoring in NOBRA's area of responsibility with a draft of 35 feet or greater
shall maintain a pilot on board while at anchor to insure safety of the vessel.
These emergency procedures shall remain in effect until the Baton Rouge Gage has a
reading of 40 ft. and falling in combination with the Carrollton Gage reading 16 ft. and falling