Coast Guard Issues Mississippi River Safety Advisory

Tuesday, December 19, 2000
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), St. Louis, opened the Mississippi River to vessel traffic following the completion of dredging at mile marker 161.0, near the mouth of the Meramec River. The river had been closed to commercial vessel traffic since Dec. 14. However, low river levels have prompted the COTP St. Louis, and the COTP Paducah, Ky., to establish a joint Safety Advisory on the Upper Mississippi River between Cairo, Ill., (mile marker 0.0) and St. Louis (mile marker 184.0). Northbound tows entering the advisory area may not have more than 30 barges in their tow, of which only 15 may be loaded. Southbound tows are limited to no more than 20 barges. All barges within the advisory area may not draft more than 9 feet, except for those barges loaded prior to noon on Dec. 12. Low river stages are being further frustrated by the buildup of ice on the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, which reduces the flow of water. Ice on the rivers can pose a number of safety concerns for the maritime industry. A buoy's reflective material, covered by ice, is rendered ineffective. Vessel operators may not see these ice-covered buoys clearly. The ice flows themselves may submerge or drag buoys off-station, eliminating one of the mariner's navigational tools. These concerns prompted the Coast Guard today to advise mariners on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to exercise extreme caution while navigating these waterways. Lower than average rainfall this year and the recent weeks of below average temperatures have combined to create a low water event that has warranted the implementation of the Upper Mississippi River Low Water Action Plan. The Low Water Action Plan, the result of a cooperative effort between the Coast Guard and the towing vessel industry, helps promote safety on the river system during low water events and ensures that stakeholders are represented in the decision making process. The Coast Guard and towing vessel operators have been dealing with low water conditions off and on throughout much of this year. Today, the St. Louis gauge read -1.1 feet, down 0.5-feet since yesterday.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


DP World, SCA Pact for Ain Sokhna Port Development

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Red Sea Ports Authority signed an agreement with Dubai Ports World (DP World) and Sonker Bunkering Company for the development of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna seaport,

SCCT Prepares to Boost Vessel Traffic with 24-hour Access

A formal signing ceremony will now enable vessels to transit to Port Said East through a new side channel to be constructed bypassing the Suez Canal’s main entrance.

Controversial Nicaragua Canal Project Postponed

China's Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co. said it is delaying the start of construction on a controversial $50 billion inter-ocean canal across Nicaragua until late 2016.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0677 sec (15 req/sec)