Mississippi River maximum recommended draft reduced because of silting

The Louisiana Maritime Association has issued guidance that the maximum recommended draft for vessels on part of the Mississippi River be reduced from 47 feet to 45 feet.

It relates to the Southwest Pass, the primary shipping channel on the river and the only channel that can be used by deep draft vessels.

This recommendation follows observation of heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels.

The draft restriction is expected to be in place for a number of weeks pending dredging by US authorities.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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