"Our commitment goes far beyond just being a job."
CAPTAIN E. MICHAEL BOPP
Crescent Pilots face multiple navigational and traffic challenges on the Mississippi, booming high rivers, intense fog, and an increasing density of marine vessels. And despite the uncomfortable nature of a pandemic led by COVID-19 we continue to climb aboard ships when pilots are needed. We are keeping cargo on schedule in the largest port complex in the world. In true reflection of a pilot’s spirit we put our own safety, health, and welfare second to our mission to serve the State and everything that it holds dear.
WE CAN'T EXPECT TO LIVE ON OUR OWN SCHEDULE.
CAPTAIN TOMMY BRYAN AND CAPTAIN SHAWN GIBBS
With ships coming from all over the world we are required to pilot some of the largest vessels in the world. There's no room for mistakes. Nearly all consumer goods we need come to us by ship, therefore even in the midst of worldwide shutdowns and a historic pandemic we keep moving ships, never closing.
CAPTAIN R. SCULLY
CAPTAIN K. SIVERD
MRTIS, created in 2010 by Scully and Siverd, is a remarkable tool that brings together multiple sources of information into one interface aiding in the dissemination of information in the maritime industry. MRTIS provides users a robust suite of services for vessel tracking, fleet management, traffic interpretation, weather data, visibility monitoring and much more. Learn More
TALL SHIPS IN THE BIG EASY
CAPTAIN E. MICHAEL BOPP
Honoring the tricentennial celebration of New Orleans in 2018 Crescent Pilots donated their time to help safely guide The Fleet of Historic Tall Ships to New Orleans. Dockside in New Orleans the public enjoyed a rare chance to tour and experience the historic ships including the Elissa, a 99-foot-long iron-hulled vessel, built in Scotland in 1877.
A FEMALE'S PERSPECTIVE ON BEING A PILOT.
CAPTAIN CASEY CRAWFORD
There are not a lot of females in the maritime industry that go down this road in hopes of becoming a Pilot. Everyday on a ship is different and I truly enjoy that. When I step onto a ship, the crew is definitely taken aback to see that I am a female. I truly embrace the culture of each ship and work hard to gain their trust so that I can do my job to its full potential.
RIVER PILOT FALLS INTO THE RIVER.
Captain Strother Sacra
Reaching for the hanging rope ladder pilots sometimes get tossed up and down. Captain Sacra's story is quite chilling, he was tossed into the dark, cold, muddy waters of the Mississippi River.