Shoaling or Entrance Restrictions


Palm Beach Harbor Pilots’ Association

 

200 E. 13th Street, Suite B

Riviera Beach, Florida  33404-6930

Office: (561) 845-2628

Email: PBPilots@aol.com

 Nov. 28, 2021


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

Subject:  Draft Restrictions for Lake Worth Inlet


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

 

Subject:  Draft Restrictions for Lake Worth Inlet

 

Due to increased shoaling near the center of the Lake Worth Inlet Entrance Channel, a 3’ foot draft restriction will be applied. Vessels are restricted to the maximum operating draft of 30’ feet at high water and 27’ 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 29’ feet at high water slack and 26’ feet at low water slack.   

 Be advised that any projects to widen or deepen the Inner and Entrance Channel would reduce the severity and frequency of these restrictions, the frequency of dredging, and increase the safety factor for the port.  Please contact us if you have any further questions.


 Sincerely,

 Palm Beach Harbor Pilots' Association