ACBL’s Daily River Conditions
Updated Monday, April 12, 2021
Today’s Key Issues
- Flood Stage Update in the Gulf – The Lower Miss reached 35′ at Baton Rouge Tuesday, 3/23. Currently forecasted to go below 35′ on or around April 20th. New Orleans forecasted above 12′ through the end of April, but expect to remain hindered by High Water impacts to transit through mid-May. As a reminder, ACBL High Water provisions begin when the Baton Rouge gauge is 35′ and above, while ACBL Gulf Fleet surcharges begin when the New Orleans (Carrolton) gauge is 12′ and above.
- Cheatham Locks and Dam (CR 149) – will NOW be starting their TOTAL 11 day initial closure on 5-10-21. It will run through 7-15-21.
- Meldahl Locks and Dam (OR 436) – Main chamber will be CLOSED for repairs from 4-12-21 to 6-11-21. The auxiliary chamber will be used during this time with intermittent full closures TBA.
- Osceola Fleet Space– Fleets in Osceola (LM781-786) are advising they are at-capacity and are only taking in barges on a case-by-case basis. This may cause shipments destined to Osceola to be diverted. If you are concerned about a particular shipment, please reach out to your ACBL sales rep.
- Tenn-Tom and Warrior-Tom High Water – Expect delays to transit and reduced tow-sizes to vessels on the Tennessee-Tombigbee and Black Warrior rivers through April due to high water levels and flows on these rivers.
- Algiers and Industrial Lock Delays – Industrial (East Canal) will be down Thursday night 1730 – 0630 for concrete repairs, which will exacerbate current delays of 12-24 hrs due to traffic. Traffic diverted from the Port Allen route due to Bayou Sorrel repairs, High Water, and ongoing tow size restrictions at Algiers (West Canal) are driving 18-36 hrs delay.
- Gulf and Canals Weather Update – With the weather front moving through overnight, expect a potential for fog Thursday and Friday 4/8 – 4/9 to close the week. This weekend will see weather fronts move through, driving delays to transit on the Canals and impact weather sensitive cargo operations in the Gulf.
- St Louis to Cairo Restrictions – River conditions in St Louis are on the rise, we will start hitting restrictions today with Daylight transit through the bridges in St Louis and at Thebes Bridge we will also have tow size reduction between St Louis and Cairo.
- Upper Miss Restrictions – With all the rain from over the weekend has the river on a quick rise. We will have the following tow size reductions. St Paul to Prairie Du Chien 9 Barges and Prairie Du Chien to St Louis 12 loads.
FLOOD STAGE UPDATE
See below for current forecasts of the Baton Rouge and New Orleans Gauges. As a reminder, ACBL High Water provisions begin when the Baton Rouge gauge is 35′ and above, while ACBL Gulf Fleet surcharges begin when the New Orleans (Carrolton) gauge is 12′ and above. The Lower Miss reached 35′ at Baton Rouge Tuesday, 3/23. Currently forecasted to go below 35′ on or around April 20th. New Orleans forecasted above 12′ through the end of April.
Impacts to navigation and operations are expected to last into Mid-May per the currently forecasted river level fall. These conditions are driving a 25-43% reduction to Gulf Shuttle tow-size, and 14-28% for larger HP boats operating the Lower Miss. We remain in southbound daylight restrictions at Memphis, Vicksburg, and Baton Rouge bridges, increasing southbound transit Cairo to the Gulf by 12-36 hrs or approx. 15-40%. Expect to see some relief at these locations late April.
Baton Rouge Gauge Forecast
New Orleans (Carrolton) Gauge Forecast