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Mississippi River Traffic (1981)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-04-17

Duration: 00:12:02

Subjects: MISSISSIPPI RIVER | Collisions at sea | SAFETY | TRAFFIC | RIVER BOATS | RIVER PILOTS | Towboats | United States. Coast Guard | Vessel traffic service


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Drummond, Ken Interviewee
  • DeMarrero, Harold Interviewee
  • Slovek, Mike Interviewee


This segment from the April 17, 1981, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a repeat showing of report on the increase in traffic congestion on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans due to the growth of the towboat industry. This report touches on the possibility of more collisions between boats. It also includes a look at an LSU study funded by Congress to investigate river safety on the lower Mississippi and the voluntary Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system run by the Coast Guard to help boats navigate the river safely. This report originally aired on November 14, 1980. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome