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Board of Marine Pilots


In accordance with AS 08.62.180(b), applications for foreign pleasure craft exemptions must be submitted to the Board at least 30 days before the vessel enters the state. Please be aware of this requirement when planning your trip to Alaska.


Regulated Professions

  • Deputy Marine Pilot
  • Marine Pilot
  • Vessel Agent

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

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


NOAA Fisheries: Harbor Seals in Alaska


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

Marine Pilot Coordinator: Charles Ward
Phone: (907) 465-2548
Fax: (907) 465-2974
Email: Charles.Ward@Alaska.Gov
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806