The Coast Guard has put in place a temporary safety zone near Bayou Chene because of the Army Corps of Engineers activity near Morgan City.
The Army Corps of Engineers is sinking a barge on Wednesday and the Coast Guard said, “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.”
LouisianaCPRA said the barge has arrived at the project site.
The Coast Guard provided this information for boaters in this area:
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.