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Spillway opening

  • calendar

    7 March 2018

  • location

    Mississippi River, United States



Effective at 1000 on Wednesday, 7 March 2018, vessels shall not enter the Bonnet Carre Anchorage or the area extending 600 feet into the river from the Bonnet Carre Spillway, between MM 127 and MM 129 and the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain (located between 39 deg. 4’30.6N., 90 deg. 24’6.6W and 30 deg. 3’20.9N and 90 deg. 22’18.9W).

This VTS Measure will remain in effect as long as the Bonnet Carre Spillway remains open. All vessels are prohibited from entering this area without permission from the Captain of the Port of New Orleans or designated representative.

There may be unexpected crosscurrent or eddies that occur due to the water being diverted from the river into the spillway. Mariners are reminded to exercise due caution and stay towards the Right Descending Bank (RDB) while navigating through the area…

(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: Extract from United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Marine Safety Information Bulletin Volume XVIII Issue 015 dated 6 March 2018