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Los Angeles Pilot Service

workersEnsuring a safe flow of ship traffic to and from Los Angeles Harbor, the Los Angeles Port Pilots maintain round-the-clock service in San Pedro Bay. Based at Berth 68, pilots board arriving vessels in the vicinity of the Los Angeles Sea Buoy to guide incoming ships to dock. They also provide assistance to outbound ships.

The Los Angeles Pilot Service dates back to 1907, when the Port of Los Angeles was founded. Today, the Pilot Service employs nearly 30 dedicated professionals, combining the skills of pilots, dispatchers, and boat crew to provide expert pilotage services to Port of Los Angeles customers.

The mission of the Los Angeles Pilot Service is to provide safe, reliable and efficient pilotage and marine services. Over the last decade, the Los Angeles Pilots have safely completed more than 55,000 vessel movements. They are amongst the best-trained pilots in the maritime industry. After a rigorous two-year training program, each pilot attends manned-model ship-handling courses in Grenoble, France every four years. Each pilot also attends ship simulator training every two years.

Los Angeles Port Pilots have an average of 33 years of marine experience and 16 years of piloting experience in San Pedro Bay.

Learn more by visiting the Los Angeles Port Pilots website at lapilots.org. To obtain additional information about vessel traffic monitoring in Los Angeles Harbor, contact the Southern California Marine Exchange at (310) 832-6411.

Click here to view the 2018 Port of Los Angeles Mariners Guide online.  For more information, or to request a printed copy, contact the following:

Port of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Pilot Service
Berth 68 - San Pedro, CA, 90731
Telephone: (310) 732-3805
VHF Radio Channel 73 (156.675 MHz)
Call: KEB260 Los Angeles Pilots

2018 Mariners Guide

Correction to page 46 of the printed version of the 2018 Mariners Guide

Ballast Water

The introduction of non-native organisms can create serious ecological, human health, and economic impacts in receiving environments. California state law requires ballast water management, i.e., ballast water exchange or ballast water treatment, for ships that will be discharging ballast water into California waters unless safety considerations do not permit such management. A Ballast Water Management Report must be filled out and submitted 24 hours in advance of each arrival at a California port, and filed with the U.S. Coast Guard at the first U.S. port of call. Other federal requirements may apply. Contact the U.S. Coast Guard at (310) 521-3600 for more information. Vessels must also submit annual reporting forms addressing hull husbandry and use of ballast water treatment systems. The California State Board of Equalization collects a $1,000 fee for each qualifying voyage arrival. Contact the California State Lands Commission (562-499-6312) or visit slc.ca.gov for further information about state requirements.

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