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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.


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2020-2021 Board of Directors
Capt. John Herring, President
Capt. Dale Collins, Vice-President
Capt. Doug Sturm, Secretary
Capt. Paul Merrill
Capt. Frank Didier
Capt. Levi Benedict
Capt. Mark Lundamo


SEAPA Training Opportunity
Southeast Alaska Pilots’ is running a third simulator exam May 24-28 with the written exam May 22, 2021.  This exam is open to new applicants and those that were not able to attend the previous exam.  Those that tested in October or December 2020 will not be eligible. The application period will close Friday April 30, 2021.  Applications must be submitted electronically to

The cost of simulator time is expected to be approximately $3,500 per applicant, payable to PMI.  Note:


(1)   Absolutely no phone calls should be made to the SEAPA office.  All questions should be directed to  Please check FAQ on our website before submitting a question.

(2)   When the application due date has passed, April 30th 2021, no new applications will be accepted.

(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.



This page and FAQ’s will be updated periodically as needed. Last updated 1.26.2021

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