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***

Feb 12th, 2024

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 2900 feet at high water and 2600 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 2800 feet at high water slack and 2500 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.

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