—-The following is a press release issued by the Coast Guard—-
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is enforcing a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of Bayou Chene while the Army Corps of Engineers sink a barge near Morgan City, Louisiana, Wednesday.
The safety zone will remain in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. All mariners shall keep a minimum distance of 2 nautical miles within Bayou Chene Light – 4.
No vessel or person is permitted to operate in the temporary safety zone unless authorized by the captain of the port or designated representative.
During this time, and until further notice, the Bayou Boeuf Lock will open to all navigation. This will be the only east-to-west route from Port Arthur, Texas, to New Orleans. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the Bayou Boeuf Locks and check in and out with the Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay on Channel 11.
For information regarding the safety zone, you may contact the Vessel Traffic Service Berwick Bay duty officer via VHF Ch. 11 or contact Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City at 985-380-5374.
For information regarding the active barge construction in Bayou Chene, please contact the St. Mary Levee District at 985-232-6058.
For information regarding the Morganza Spillway, please contact the Army Corps of Engineers at 504-862-2201.