The Board of Pilotage Commissioners was created by the 1935 Legislature and includes members who are appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the Senate and serve staggered four-year terms. The members include a designee of the Director of Washington State Ferries, who is the chairperson, (2) public members, (1) American shipping representative, (1) foreign shipping representative, (2) licensed Pilots, (1) environmental member, and (1) Department of Ecology member.
The mission of the Board is to ensure against the loss of lives, loss of or damage to property and vessels, and to protect the marine environment by maintaining efficient and competent pilotage service on our State’s inland waters.
The Puget Sound Pilots were created in 1935 when the State of Washington required compulsory pilotage services for all foreign vessels traveling on Puget Sound and adjacent waters.
The principal mandate of the Authority is to provide safe, reliable and efficient marine pilotage and related services in the Coastal waters of British Columbia including the Fraser River.