Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Pilot Service is a team of nearly 30 dedicated professionals including pilots, dispatchers, boat captains, and deck hands. Their mission is to provide safe, reliable, and efficient vessel transit for Port of Los Angeles customers.The Service provides around-the-clock pilotage services 365 days per year.
The Los Angeles Pilot Service is the only pilotage group in the nation operated by a City and staffed by City employees. Pilot candidates, recruited by the Service, are highly experienced captains from both the offshore shipping and local tugboat sectors of the maritime industry. After a rigorous two-year training program, pilots continue to enhance their skills through both biennial ship simulator training at domestic training facilities, and manned model ship handling training, conducted every four years, in Grenoble, France. Over the past decade, these highly trained professionals have safely completed more than 45,000 vessel movements within Los Angeles Harbor.