American Currents

ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Updated Friday, August 19, 2022

Today’s Key Issues

  • Upper Miss Closeout – ACBL has published our final loading dates for shipments into the Upper Miss ahead of the Winter Closure. Our final loading dates from the Gulf origins will be October 10th for Dubuque, IA to St. Paul, MN and October 24th for St. Louis, MO thru Clinton, IA. Please review and get in touch with your ACBL sales representative if you have any questions. Click Here for the full closeout notice.
  • Cannelton Lock Main Chamber Closure (OR 720)Main Chamber closed for repairs July 6th through November 11th. Traffic will pass through the Auxiliary chamber, requiring two cuts for most tows. Currently seeing 6+ hrs of delay and have 3 tows waiting as of this morning. Expect delays similar to the recent Belleville Lock closure (18-36 Hr).
  • Meldahl Lock Intermittent Closures (OR 436) – Starting Monday August 22nd, both Main and Auxilliary Chambers will close 0700 – 1700 daily to replace the motor control center for the lock. USACE plans to clear the queue each night and for work to complete on or about Sep 1.
  • Norrell Lock (AK 10) – Intermittent closures for repairs and a 70′ width restriction took place June 1st, 2022 thru August 4th. The lock was fully open from August 4th through the 8th, but daily closures resumed August 9th from 07:00 to 19:00 with no width restrictions. Additionally, 70′ width restrictions take place August 22nd and last until November 30th.
  • Lower Miss River Closure (LM 336-344) – USACE Bank Grading Unit is working in the vicinity of mile 336.8 LMR left descending bank beginning 7/7/22 through 8/24/22.  The river will be closed to S/B traffic during the hours of 07:00 through 17:00 daily.  The possibility of passing traffic on a case by case basis during work hours will be evaluated once they are on site.
  • Old River Lock (LM 305) – Daily closure started August 1st from 06:00-19:30 and lasts through August 29th. Additionally, a second closure commencing approximately August 30th through November 12th 2022 for installation of two miter gates and repairing lock chamber expansion joints, which will necessitate a full closure.
  • I-10 Bridge (LM229.3) – Safety advisory from LM228.5 – 230 AHP for the replacement of the fender system on Pier 5 of the I-10 bridge, on the left descending channel near MM229.3. The operation will be 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week from August 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Operations may extend in the channel at times and cause delays. Transit slowest safe speed to minimize wake.
  • Algiers, IHNC, and Harvey Lock Dredging – Intermittent delays to navigation expected July 13th thru August 15th due to U.S. Government Contract Cutterhead Dredge MIKE HOOKS working in the respective Forebays. The dredge will work 24 hours a day until each operation is complete.
  • Bayou Sorrel Intermittent Closures (PA 37) – The lock resumed the daily closure on August 1st Monday thru Thursday from 06:30 to 17:00. Projected to last till March 2023. Currently not anticipating any significant closures or restrictions. Currently experiencing 4-hrs delay with 16 tows waiting as of this morning.
  • Colorado Locks (WC 441) – Repair work to take place from July 28th thru September 9th from 07:00 to 17:00 each day.
  • Industry Manpower Issues – The Inland Maritime Industry continues seeing major shortages of manpower. This is directly impacting the ability to crew towboats. As a result, expect 1-2 day delays in boat timings throughout the system, increasing overall barge transits in kind. ACBL has taken measures to increase our workforce throughout the system. The safety of our Mariners is our highest operating priority. Accordingly, ACBL has implemented measures and training programs to keep all of our team members safe.

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