Protecting the Environment
Growing California's Economy
Serving for 170 Years
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Our Mission

Our Mission

Growing California’s economy and protecting our environment since 1850.

Our Mandate

The State of California has entrusted the San Francisco Bar Pilots to safely and efficiently navigate the world’s largest ships through 160 miles of North America’s most challenging waterways.

Our Mandate

Pilotage Grounds

Who We Are

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Number of US States with a Pilotage Organization

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Ships Moved in 2018

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Bay Area Docks and Maritime Facilities

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Miles of Navigable Water

In the Community

San Francisco Firefighters’ Toy Program

For over 20 years, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have collected new toys and bikes for the SFFD’s annual toy drive. We are proud to bring holiday joy to deserving children all around the Bay Area. Learn more about this important program here.

College Scholarships

Since 1990, the San Francisco Bar Pilots have funded annual scholarships to students attending CSU Maritime Academy. Learn more about the talented students who have received our scholarships here.