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.
Lake Charles Pilots