Welcome to the official website of the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, known as “NOBRA Pilots”

“Our mission at NOBRA is to protect the public welfare and environment of the State of Louisiana by enhancing the safe and efficient navigation of ocean-going vessels. As an essential element of the vast Mississippi River economic engine that provides jobs and opportunities for communities throughout the State of Louisiana, including our own communities along the Mississippi River, the NOBRA Pilots are dedicated to making Louisiana a better place for all of its citizens.”

—Captain Louis M. “Toby” Wattigney Jr.

About Us

The New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association formed in 1943

Video Archive

“The Pride of Louisiana” features in-depth footage of pilots in

In the News

NOBRA’s pilots have been involved in many ways throughout the community

Region Map

View a map of the area of the Mississippi River covered by NOBRA’s pilots