Since the first settlements in the Louisiana Territories, our waterways have been recognized for the importance to commerce. New Orleans was established as a Port City to connect the inland parts of the country to the world by water. Today, five of the top twelve ports in the country are in Louisiana.

Modern towboats move up to 75,000 tons of cargo, or over 200,000 barrels of petroleum in each barge line tow.

Barges replace approximately 2.5 Million Trucks on the Roads, and over 600,000 Rail Cars in the Transportation System.

Our waterways connect to over 30 states throughout the country, and allows for the carriage of over 650 Million tons of cargo on the Mississippi River, and over 125 Million Tons of cargo on the GIWW.

With almost 1500 miles of commercially navigable waterways, the most of any state, including roughly 400 miles of the Mississippi River and over 300 miles of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, we are the major link in the system, and LAWS is the Connection to that Link.

This system provides thousands of excellent paying jobs aboard vessels, at ports and facilities, and with vendors who service the industry such as Louisiana Shipyards and Engine Distributors based in the state.

LAWS works to keep these waterways – the arteries of your business’ life blood – open, accessible and profitable.

Meet LAWS’ Executive Committee

The members of LAWS' Executive Committee are available to answer your questions. Please contact a committee member if we can help you in any way.

Z.David DeLoach - Chairman
Deloach Marine
P.O.Box 576
Port Allen, La 70767
Office: 225-336-9933
Cell: 225-933-9585

Cherrie Felder - Vice-chair
Channel Shipyard Companies
3801 North Causeway Blvd.
Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002
Office: 504-371-5964

Matt Woodruff- Treasurer
Kirby Corporation
P.O.Box 1745
Houston, Tx  77251
Phone: 713-435-1497

Mark Wright - Secretary
American Waterways Operators
1305 West Causway Approach Suite 117
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: (985) 674-3600