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Board of Marine Pilots

Public Notice:

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

On April 29, 2020, the Board of Marine Pilots adopted regulation changes in Title 12, Chapter 56 of the Alaska Administrative Code. The regulations concern changes to the gross tonnage endorsements for pilots to account for larger ships and changes related to training requirements.

The regulation changes were reviewed and approved by the Department of Law, signed and filed by the Lieutenant Governor (or designee) on August 20, 2020, and will go into effect on September 19, 2020. Please click HERE to see the filed version of the regulations.

The new regulation changes will be printed in Register 235, October 2020 of the Alaska Administrative Code.

NEW Online application

The Alaska Board of Marine Pilots is pleased to offer a new online application process for Foreign Pleasure Craft Exemptions. The application may be filed through your MyAlaska account, and is submitted directly to staff. As your application is processed, you will be able to see real time updates as documents are received and reviewed by staff. You will also have the ability to upload some of the required documents. Online applications will be launched for other license types as soon as they are available.

Review the instructions for filing an initial application online via MY LICENSE.

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

Subscribe to the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots electronic mailing list and receive:

  • Meeting Notifications
  • Board Meeting Agendas
  • Notice of Proposed Changes to Regulations

You may cancel your subscription at any time. You are subscribing to a group email for informal communications from the Board of Marine Pilots:

Contact Information

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