MILE 200.8 - L/D REPAIRS
Continuing until further notice the Melvin Price L/D (main chamber) in the vicinity of Mile 200.8, is closed for repairs. All vessels will be required to use the auxiliary chamber. Mariners may contact the L/D at (618) 462-1713 or via VHF-FM Channel 14, for additional information.
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER - SUBSURFACE ROCK REMOVAL/TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT/REGULATED NAVIGATION AREA - UPDATE
Continuing until approximately 4/12/14, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has established a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) from Mile 109.9 to Mile 0.0. This RNA is to support USACE contracted subsurface rock removal operations in the Thebes, Illinois area and the management of vessel traffic during this work. Continuing until 4/12/14, ALL vessels that are fitted with an Automatic Information System (AIS) MUST have the system turned on and transmitting to assist the USCG in vessel traffic management. Various other vessel restrictions and/or requirements may be put in place, at different times, during this project. Specific requirements will vary based on the planned work and actual and forecasted river conditions. The current restrictions and requirements will be communicated via Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM’s) and through communications with the River Industry Action Committee (RIAC).
Channel Marker Status
Be aware that there may be other buoys off station/missing than the ones mentioned in this report. Mariners should use caution.
The Pathfinder will be checking buoys from St. Louis to Cairo next week.
Additional Risks / Concerns
Due to icing conditions, aids to navigation between approximate miles 187.3 and 0.0 on the Illinois Waterway and miles 200.8 to 109.9 on the Upper Mississippi River should be considered unreliable. Transit with caution.
Highs in the low 40s to the mid 60s; lows in the high 20s to the mid 40s. partly Cloudy with the chance of rain/snow in the north on Saturday.
For additional info about New River Training Structures, see the link below:
For the most recent channel patrol and predredge surveys, see the link below:
The new electronic Navigation charts for the Upper Mississippi River are now available online for download or to order at the below link: http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/NIC2/
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