About – Open Waters Louisiana


Widening the river’s reach

OpenwatersLouisiana.com is a partnership of the Crescent River Port Pilots and the New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots. The first navigates the middle 106 miles of the river. The second moves and shifts vessels between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Together, we have created this website to make it easier for people of all walks of life to navigate their futures in the career of their choice on the river. We’re setting a new course to diversify the maritime industry. We’re casting a wide net to ensure that our stakeholders have the resources they need to educate the community on the many job opportunities available. Consider us a point of entry to maritime industry job connections, education and partnerships.

Come join us on this adventure. Discover the depth of your character on the river. Consider this your step-by-step guide to a career on the water.


Louisiana ranks #1 in waterborne traffic.


The five ports on the Lower Mississippi comprise the largest port complex on earth.


Because the Mississippi River is critical to the commercial infrastructure of the US, pilots move ships 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.


One ship’s cargo equals the cargo of 5,800 trucks.


A ship’s length is comparable to lining up thirteen 18-wheeler trucks or more than three football fields.

Come join us on this adventure

Widening the river’s reach.


Louisiana transports more than a million passengers on cruise ships each year.

“The New Madrid earthquake of 1812 caused the Mississippi to flow backwards for a time.
With Open Waters, we’re shaking things up a little as well.”