WE LIVE IN FEARLESS PURSUIT OF KEEPING LOUISIANA ALIVE AND WELL
From the banks of the river to the edges of the community.
Crescent River Port Pilots' Association
PROTECTORS OF THE STATE
Crescent River Port Pilots' Association
Imports and exports from 90 different nations traverse the river system making Louisiana’s port system the busiest port complex in the world. Entrusted with navigating each foreign ship entering our port pilots are first line ambassadors of the state. We secure the state’s offering of safe commerce and tourism.
Commissioned and regulated by the State of Louisiana, we mitigate danger on the Lower Mississippi River to ensure that Louisiana's people, economy, and environment are safe. This is a job we have done since 1908 utilizing our training, experience and local knowledge of a 106 mile stretch of the river.
AS PUBLIC SERVANTS WE SEEK TO SERVE ON AND OFF THE RIVER.
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY
As river pilots our priority on the Mississippi River is safety and this carries over into the Crescent River Port Pilot’s Foundation where we extend our heart for protecting others to the communities where we live and raise our families. Here we engage with organizations that are successfully helping people address serious and often life-threatening circumstances.
PROTECT THE VULNERABLE
Human Traffickers' captives are on average 14 years old and each are sold repeatedly for under $100 per transaction. This form of modern day slavery has become the second largest international crime. Sadly, children are not only victimized by strangers in the business of exploiting humans, but also are sometimes victims of child abuse within their own families. Remarkably child abuse has reached epidemic proportions affecting 1 in 10 children. Trafficking and Child Abuse produce pain that words often cannot describe. The Crescent River Port Pilots' Foundation partners with key organizations that are focused on the prevention, recovery, and rehabilitation of victims so violently hurt through abuse.
"Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." – Psalms 32:4
As master mariners River Pilots play a key role in ensuring the food needed throughout the United States and abroad has safe passage on the river. The Lower Mississippi River’s port system is recognized for transporting 60% of the world's grain. We take the business of the river seriously, especially when it comes to making sure food and grain gets to those that need it most. When we looked a little closer at the state of hunger here at home we learned that the lack of food for Louisiana's citizens is extraordinary. Louisiana has the second worst food shortage in the nation and a greater percentage of senior citizens than in any other state that experience hunger.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain
Supporting the health and well being of our citizens has always been a primary focus for the Crescent Pilots' Foundation. We seek to put a greater emphasis on emotional well-being moving forward. Emotions play a significant role in the longevity of our lives, as well as, in the quality of our lives. Our partners that make well-being a priority are making noticeable differences in the health of those they serve.
WE SERVE MORE THAN SHIPS, ESPECIALLY WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
Crescent River Port Pilots are first responders on the river; as such it is our job to immediately address impending situations in order to protect the people of the state and to ensure the economy is sustained. We want to be there to provide aid and assistance to the needy, and to restore human dignity in any way we can. We rally our families and friends in the maritime industry to find ways to meet the most pressing of needs.
Working on the Mighty Mississippi brings unique opportunities to see and experience the rich culture of Louisiana. Our history is as flavorful as our food. This is due in large part to the diverse people of our great state. Native Americans, Irish, Germans, Italians, Czechs, Hungarians, Croatians, Filipinos, Latins (Isleño, Mexican, Cuban, Guatemalan), and East Asians (Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai). Community is everything to us; and we love celebrating life with our family and friends, as well as, hunting, fishing and enjoying Louisiana’s renowned culture.
People want to help, but they are waiting on someone to lead. Will that someone be you?
The very nature of everyone that works on the river is service. It is only natural that we serve at home too. Will you come alongside and join us in service to others as we commit to doing work that touches people's hearts and helps to bring a ray of hope to our fellow man?