Los Angeles Pilot Service

The Los Angeles Pilot Station is staffed 24 hours a day.

pilot-station-(1).jpgBerth 68
San Pedro, CA 
Phone: (310) 732-3805
VHF Radio Channel 73 (156.675 MHz)
Call: KEB260 Los Angeles Pilots
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  • Pilots board arriving vessels from the pilot boat in the vicinity of Los Angeles Channel RACON Buoy #3.
  • Tank vessels are boarded at least two miles from the Los Angeles entrance.
  • Deep-draft vessels (more than 55 feet) are boarded in the vicinity of Los Angeles Channel Buoy #1.
  • Under normal weather conditions, the pilot ladder should be rigged on the starboard side one meter above water.
  • A minimum of two hours’ advance notice is required for Port Pilot service.
  • Masters or agents are requested to advise the Pilot Station when there is a change in the arrival or sailing time.

About the Los Angeles Pilot Service

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.
Port Pilot

2024 Mariners Guide

2024 Mariners Guide

Published annually, the Port of Los Angeles Mariners Guide provides vital information for those who operate ships and small boats in and around the Port of Los Angeles. It is a helpful, easy-to-use guide to provide a safer navigational experience and includes annual tide tables, construction information which impacts weather, water conditions and safety, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and a directory of maritime support services with current contact information. It also contains technical information for merchant mariners and essential information for small boaters and water enthusiasts.

Marine Exchange of Southern California

All ship traffic coming and going in and out the San Pedro Bay Port Complex is monitored by the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The seaport equivalent of an air traffic control center, the Marine Exchange's primary services are its Vessel Advance Arrival Reports and Vessel Traffic Service that monitors all ship movements within 100 miles of the San Pedro Bay.

From the Marine Exchange's hilltop headquarters on Coast Guard property, operators use state-of-the-art technology to track nearly 5,000 vessels annually -- everything from containerships to pleasure craft -- calling at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Everyone from the docks to the cargo's final destination relies on its real-time data to pinpoint the position of inbound and outbound vessels.

The Marine Exchange sits on one of the highest points in San Pedro with unobstructed southeast exposure and has detailed records of every inbound and outbound ship since it launched operations in 1923. Contact the Marine Exchange at (310) 519-3134 or info@mxsocal.org.
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