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. 18th, 2022 

The Pilots have surveyed the south half of the Lake Worth Inlet Entrance Channel and are able to raise restrictions for outbound vessels.  

Inbound 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 will be restricted to sailing at or near High Water Slack.  Vessels carrying petroleum products are reduced to 28’ feet at high water and 25’ feet at low water slack.  

 *Outbound vessels are restricted to 30’ at high water and 27’ at low water.  

 Single screw vessels are restricted to 90’ foot beam.  All drafts are for salt water.

 Additional daylight or high water slack restrictions may be placed on certain vessels depending upon the weather and sea conditions.     

Widening or deepening the Entrance Channel and/or extending the north jetty would reduce the flow and severity of these restrictions.   Please contact the Port for anticipated dredge times and call the Pilots concerning any vessels close to the above parameters.   Increased shoaling is inevitable with approaching cold fronts. Pilots will be monitoring the shoaling situation.  Additional draft restrictions may be required on short notice.  

 Respectfully,

 Palm Beach Harbor Pilots' Association