Palm Beach Harbor Pilots Association


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Palm Beach Harbor Pilots
200 E. 13th St. Suite B
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Voice: 1-561-845-2628


***Shoaling Restrictions***

December 12th, 2022

Due to Hurricane Nicole, recent port sounding show extensive shoaling on the North Quarter of the Lake Worth Inlet Entrance Channel.

Inbound vessels are restricted to a maximum operating draft of 29 feet at high 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. Single screw vessels are restricted to 90 foot beam. All drafts are for salt water. Outbound vessels are restricted to 30' feet at high water.

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

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 would reduce the severity and frequency of these restrictions. Please contact the Port for anticipated dredge times and call the Pilots concerning any vessels close to the above parameters.

Pilots will be monitoring the shoaling situation daily. Increased shoaling is expected. Additional draft restrictions may be required on short notice.

Please contact us at 561-845-2628 if you have any further questions.

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