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Capt. John Dwyer

Chief Port Pilot II

Captain John Dwyer jointly oversees the Los Angeles Pilot Service, a team of nearly 30 dedicated professionals that includes pilots, dispatchers, boat captains and deck hands at the Port of Los Angeles. In any given year, the Service handles roughly 3,600 ships and all involved diligently strive to provide expert pilotage service for Port customers. The Service maintains an around-the-clock operation that safely guides arriving and departing vessels from the Port. Considered among the best-trained pilots in the maritime industry, the Los Angeles Pilot Service is the only pilot organization in the nation staffed with government employees.

Appointed in 2016, Captain Dwyer directs all the pilot service activities helping to ensure the safe and efficient movement of vessels within the Port. His duties include managing budgetary expenditures, coordinating schedules, staff training, safety provisions and the proper utilization of equipment.

Captain Dwyer began his career with the Port of Los Angeles as a pilot in 1998. Prior to joining the Service, he sailed for Chevron Shipping Company on their ocean-going tankers for 23 years, with the last 14 years as ship’s master. While captain, he piloted his own vessel in the ports and waters of Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors, El Segundo Marine Terminal, San Francisco Bar, Columbia River Bar, Puget Sound and connecting waters, as well as Valdez, Alaska.

Captain Dwyer holds a bachelor’s degree in nautical science from California Maritime Academy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Marine Exchange of Southern California and International Seafarers Center, while also representing the Port on the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee.

In 2003, he was awarded the City of Los Angeles Career Service Award for heroism. He has been married for 40 years and has two daughters.