Crescent River Port Pilots play a critical role in protecting Louisiana’s economy, as well as, the world's economy. Louisiana’s pilots and pilots all around the world accomplish years of training and practice prior to being commissioned by the state to serve.
Pilots are on call 24 hours a day, everyday in order to keep Louisiana alive and well; their expertise includes knowledge of local currents, tides, shoals, aids-to-navigation, landmarks, and weather conditions. As the only American on board foreign flagged ships pilots develop an ability to communicate with international crews from 90 different nations.
This is not a job for the faint of heart, a wrong decision could bring unthinkable peril as pilots direct safe passage of vessels often the size of three football fields carrying flammable chemicals. A pilot’s uncommon resilience and expertise in mitigating the risks of navigating one of the most difficult and treacherous routes in North America are valuable assets to the people of Louisiana.