Hurricane Delta Update 10/19/2020

The Pilot Office has resumed 24/7 operations.

The USCG issued MSIB 44-20 setting Port Condition Recovery, with the Calcasieu River Waterway open to vessels of a maximum of 36 feet in draft from the Sea Buoy to the I-10 Bridge. Six test vessels with beams of 106 feet or less were moved over the weekend. The drilling rig that is blocking the channel has been removed from the channel. The new obstruction in the Bar Channel discovered during the Friday PCT call has been identified as a barge loaded with large rock. After passing the sunken barge with the mid-size vessels, the pilots recommended removing the restriction of 106 feet of beam, while retaining the maximum draft of 36 feet. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has contracted with the U.S. Navy to salvage the sunken barge. Divers were reported to be on scene today, October 19, 2020 evaluating the situation and a salvage plan is expected to be presented soon. As the salvage operation is expected to take a number of weeks, subsequent PCT calls pertaining to this evolution have been scheduled on Wednesday and Friday of this week, with additional PCT calls announced during the Friday call.

Please call the dispatch office with any questions.

Eric Evans

Lake Charles Pilots


The Lake Charles Pilot organization was formed in 1926 after the construction of the Calcasieu Ship Channel. The first ship to travel the Calcasieu Ship Channel had a Lake Charles Pilot aboard. The ship was called the Sewall Point, it was a fertilizer cargo ship. The first pilot was Captain George D. Jessen. There have been 35 Pilots since inception and currently there are 18.

A Board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor oversees the Lake Charles Pilots. The Board of River Port Pilots are Commissioners and Examiners for the Calcasieu Waterway. The board includes:

1 Business/Industry representative

1 Lake Charles Port representative

1 Lake Charles Pilot

4902 Ihles Road, Suite A
Lake Charles, LA  70605

(337) 436-0372