Channel Restrictions and Dredge Notifications

Palm Beach Harbor Pilots’ Association


200 E. 13th Street, Suite B

Riviera Beach, Florida  33404-6930

Office: (561) 845-2628


Feb 12, 2024


To:   Vessel Operators, Ships Agents, Port Users, & Port Officials

Subject:  4’ FT  Draft Restriction for Lake Worth Inlet

Due to continued winter swells, the northern quarter of the Entrance Channel has been shoaled in.  Length, beam, and draft parameters will need to be applied.  Single screw vessels will be restricted to a 600’ ft LOA and 90’ ft. beam.  All vessels are restricted to a maximum operating draft of 29’ feet at high water and 26’ feet at low water.  Vessels arriving within 3 feet of the maximum allowable draft for the Port of Palm Beach will be restricted to transiting at High Water Slack.  All drafts are for salt water.

Vessels carrying petroleum products are reduced to 28’ feet at high water slack and 25’ feet at low water slack.   

Vessel agents with ships within these parameters should keep in close contact with the Pilots for further restrictions.  Further shoaling is expected.  A dredging operation is expected for March.  The Pilots will continue to monitor the channel for further shoaling.   Please contact us if you have any further questions.


Palm Beach Harbor Pilots' Association

(561) 845-2628