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Board of Marine Pilots

Public Notice:

Notice of Adopted Changes to the Regulations of the Board of Marine Pilots

On January 20, 2021, the Board of Marine Pilots adopted regulation changes in Title 12, Chapter 56 of the Alaska Administrative Code. The regulations concern amendment of two sections of 12 AAC 56 to permit an apprentice to receive credit equal to one year’s documented experience approved by the board to apply towards one of the four years of training required to obtain a deputy marine pilot license under 12 AAC 56.028. The first amendment adds an additional subsection to 12 AAC 56.028 specifying the standards by which an apprentice qualifies for the credit and application procedure while the second amendment adds a provision to 12 AAC 56.033(b)(2) under which an apprentice is authorized to receive the credit.
The regulation changes were reviewed and approved by the Department of Law, signed and filed by the Lieutenant Governor (or designee) on April 6, 2021, and will go into effect on May 6, 2021.
Please click HERE to see the filed version of the regulations.
The new regulation changes will be printed in Register 238, July 2021 of the Alaska Administrative Code.

The Board of Marine Pilots is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. A representative for the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development also serves on the Board. Board members, except the Commissioner's representative, are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature.

The Board adopts regulations to carry out its mission to provide efficient and competent pilotage service for the protection of shipping, the safety of human life and property, and the protection of the marine environment. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary action against people who violate the licensing laws. The Board meets three times a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting. Meeting agendas are available from the Marine Pilot Coordinator.

Licensees must also obtain an Alaska Business License

Regulated Professions

  • Deputy Marine Pilot
  • Marine Pilot
  • Vessel Agent

Recommended Reading: 10 steps to becoming a State of Alaska Licensed Marine Pilot.

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Board of Marine Pilots Listserv

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  • Notice of Proposed Changes to Regulations

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Contact Information

Renee Hoffard, Marine Pilot Coordinator
Email: BoardOfMarinePilots@Alaska.Gov
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: (907) 465-2525