The U.S. Coast Guard said it will allow vessels with drafts less than 36 feet to transit the Calcasieu Channel as local and federal agencies clean up obstructions in the waterway following the hurricane. Vessels with a draft of more than 25 feet but less than 36 feet can travel the channel with a local pilot during daylight hours.
The Calcasieu dredging allows vessels to access Cameron LNG and oil refineries in Lake Charles owned by Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Philips 66.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently using a dredge to alleviate shoaling in the bar channel, which extends into the Gulf of Mexico, and the U.S. Navy is removing a sunken rock barge in the channel. Neither the Corps or the Coast Guard could say when the ship channel would be restored to its full 40-foot-deep draft. Reuters has the full story.