Port Status



NOTICE | Louisiana Enters Into Phase One, May 13, 2020
With Governor John Bel Edwards’ announcement on Monday, May 11, 2020 that Louisiana is to enter Phase One (under the White House COVID-19 guidance) beginning on Friday, May 15, 2020, the Port of South Louisiana will reopen non-essential offices starting Monday, May 18, 2020 under staggered personnel schedules and strict protection and social distancing guidelines.

High risk employees are encouraged to work from home during Phase One.

During Phase One, office hours on Fridays will be from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with employees working from home on Friday afternoon.

Port of South Louisiana facilities continue to operate as normal and continue to follow social distancing and protective measures.

NOTICE | Covid-19 Interim Directives for Vessels, April 4, 2020
The Port of South Louisiana supports the interim Covid-19 directives for vessels from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and United States Coast Guard (USCG); that non-passenger commercial vessels, with no sick crewmembers, will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, with restrictions. Crewmembers on these vessels will be required under Captain of the Port (COTP) authority to remain aboard the vessel except to conduct specific activities directly related to vessel cargo or provisioning operations.

Vessels shall continue to receive provisions and supplies through their agents via supply boats and placed on board by crane.



In an effort to consolidate and share important information regarding COVID-19 and the impacts, regulations,
and restrictions that are now affecting the maritime industry, we are going to be issuing a COVID-19 supplement.

2020-05-07 LAMA COVID-19 Daily
State of Louisiana’s “Open Safely” Plan



TSA has granted a temporary exemption from the requirements in 49 CFR 1572 regarding the expiration of TWIC®s.
Effectively they are extending the expiration for TWIC®s. So for TWIC®s expiring between March 1, 2020, and July 31, 2020, the exemption extends the validity of a TWIC® for 180 days for an individual whose TWIC® would otherwise expire during the effective period of the exemption, which remains in effect through July 31, 2020. Those TWIC®s should be treated as valid and not expired.



NOBRA has implemented the following high water restriction, April 6, 2020:
Vessels anchoring in NOBRA’s area of responsibility with a draft of 35 ft. or greater
shall maintain a pilot on board while at anchor to insure the the vessel.


Marine Safety Information Bulletin Vol XX Issue 044 | 2020-04-07
U.S. Coast Guard Personnel Face Masks

Guidance and Policy to/for USCG Personnel on the Use of Cloth Masks/Face Coverings, April 6, 2020
From CDC:
“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

Marine Safety Information Bulletin Vol XX Issue 042 | 2020-04-02 RE: BONNET CARRE ANCHORAGE CLOSURE
Waterway Status – VTS Measure MM 127 – 129 AHP LMR Bonnet Carre Anchorage Closure

Marine Safety Information Bulletin 09-20 | 2020-03-26 RE: 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation

Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-20 | 2020-03-18 RE: 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
Novel Coronavirus – Port and Facility Operations

Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20 | 2020-03-09 RE: 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
CDC has updated its Interim Guidance for Ships on managing suspected Coronavirus disease 2019 and cruise ship travel to Asia

Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-20 | 2020-01-24 RE: 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
Novel Coronavirus Precautions



On March 22, 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide
Stay at Home” order, set to go into effect on Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m.



Due to recommendations set forth by state and federal officials and the concern for all Port of South Louisiana employees,
all non-essential personnel will be placed on Civil Leave effective March 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM until further notice.
Employees shall remain available to perform business functions from home.

Emergency response and security personnel will remain on duty.



February 2020
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Port of South Louisiana’s Marine Operations Department
is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In the event of an emergency, call
985-536-1118 (MSOC – primary for all emergencies) or 1-866-536-3678 (Marine Operations Barge)
(both available 24-hours)

In the event of a major crisis and/or official Port of South Louisiana closure,
important information will be posted below.