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SE Alaska Pilotage


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Tongass Narrows
Waterway Guide

Southeast Alaska
Waterway Guide

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The Southeast Alaska Pilotage Area covers the waters from Dixon Entrance to Yakutat Bay and is a compulsory pilotage area. Comprehensive marine pilotage in Southeast Alaska is provided by Southeast Alaska Pilots' Association. Pilots are licensed by the State of Alaska and the United States Coast Guard to provide compulsory marine pilotage to all vessels entering the waters of Southeast Alaska except those vessels identified in Alaska Statute 08.62.180.


Summer Office Hours
May 15-Sept 15

Winter Office Hours
Sept 16-May 14

M-F 0900 – 1600
S-S 0900 - 1300
907.225.9696 on-call 24/7

M-F 0900 - 1500
907.225.9696 on-call 24/7

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Capt. Kathleen Flury, President
Capt. Frank Didier, Vice-President
Capt. John Herring, Secretary
Capt. Levi Benedict
Capt. Norbert Chaudhary
Capt. Dale Collins
Capt. Ed Sinclair

SEAPA Training Opportunity

The Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association will hold examinations to select new trainees from March 4 – 8, 2019, at the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) in Seattle. The cost of simulator time is expected to be between $2,500 and $3,000 per applicant, payable to PMI.  Note:


(1)    Absolutely no phone calls should be made to the SEAPA office.  All questions should be directed to

(2)    All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed before January 15, 2019.

(3)    All candidates MUST be able to qualify for a USCG First Class Pilotage endorsement without tonnage restriction.  If the applicant has sea time that may be applicable (e.g. combined tug and tow) but does not currently hold an unlimited tonnage license, they will need to provide proof from the USCG Regional Exam enter in Juneau, Alaska, they qualify for First Class Pilotage without tonnage restriction.

(4)    Interested persons are encouraged to schedule a three-day visit to Ketchikan to learn more about the area and the nature of the job.  The ideal time to make this visit is mid-September, 2018.

Marine Pilot Trainee Application Information


Phones are answered
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round

Southeast Alaska Pilots' Association
1621 Tongass Avenue, Suite 300
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
ph. 907-225-9696
fax 907-247-9696


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