PresidentAssociated Branch Pilots
BioCaptain Michael T.D. Miller is President of the Associated Branch Pilots based in
Metairie, LA. The Associated Branch Pilots (Bar Pilots) for the Port of New Orleans is
an association of professional pilots who guide ocean-going vessels of all sizes and
descriptions from the Gulf of Mexico through the narrow channels of Southwest Pass.
Captain Miller was born and raised in New Orleans. He began his professional career
after spending a year as a cadet on general cargo ship working all over the world.
Captain Miller then began his apprenticeship with the Bar Pilots in 1986 and was
commissioned as a Louisiana State Pilot in 1991. Captain Miller has since served for 20
years on the Board of Directors of the Bar Pilots, as Vice President for 16 years and was
elected President in 2016.
Captain Miller, his wife and two children reside in Covington. In addition to his work
as Bar Pilot, Captain Miller has served on several area boards and commissions. These
include the New Orleans Board of Trade, Mississippi Valley Trade and Transport
Council, the Council for a Better Louisiana Leadership Class of 2009, Port Safety
Council, and the Lower Mississippi River Safety Advisory Committee. Captain Miller is
also a proud Eagle Scout and has received a United States Coast Guard Certificate of