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Operational Guidelines


 The Bar Pilots recommended loading draft for Southwest Pass is 47 feet.

 The Crescent Pilots recommended loading draft for their area of the river is 47 feet.  

Due to High Water Conditions, the Current Restrictions are in effect for the Crescent River Pilots Area of Responsibility:

Maximum Length for Vessels utilizing General Anchorage – 500 Feet


The NOBRA Pilots recommend loading draft is as follows: 47 Feet from New Orleans to Mile 180 and 45 feet from Mile 180 to Mile 232. 

The NOBRA Pilots are recommending the following restriction for the Reserve Anchorage (Mile 137.0 – Mile 137.5) “ Pilots anchoring vessels in the Reserve Anchorage with less than thirty-six (36) feet will be required to stay onboard and perform special services.  Pilots will not be required to stay onboard vessels with a draft of thirty-six (36) feet or greater.