Southeast Alaska Pilots' Association, Ketchikan, Alaska Sea Pilots, Marine Pilots for Southeast Alaska




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Summer Office Hours

M-F 0830 - 1600
       S-S 0900 - 1300
907.225.9696 on-call 24/7

Winter Office Hours

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






2014-2015 Board of Directors
Capt. Ed Sinclair, President
Capt. Paul Merrill, Vice-President
Capt. Doug Sturm, Secretary
Capt. Fred Montez
   Capt. Barry Olver
   Capt. Rich Preston
   Capt. Michael Tamney


The Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association has scheduled an exam for new Trainees to be held at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle from May 11-15, 2015.  Basic details of the application process are on our web page at  The exam fee for simulator and classroom time at PMI is expected to be about $2,000 and will be payable to them. 




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

2)     All applications must be postmarked on or before March 23, 2015.  Applications postmarked after that date will not be considered.  Applications may be sent electronically, on or before March 23, 2015 to

3)      All candidates MUST be able to qualify for a USCG Pilotage endorsement without tonnage restriction.  If the applicant has seatime that may be applicable (i.e. combined tug and tow,), but does not currently hold an Unlimited license, they will need to provide proof from the USCG Regional Exam Center in Juneau, AK that they will be allowed to be endorsed.

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 indentified in Alaska Statute 08.62.180.

Dispatchers are on duty
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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