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 150 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, ports, and berths

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Miles of pilotage routes

In the Community

San Francisco Firefighters’ Toy Program

For the last 20 years, the Bar Pilots have collected toys and bikes for the SFFD’s annual toy drive, bringing holiday joy to children around the Bay. Learn more about our efforts here.

California Maritime Scholarships

The Bar Pilots began offering yearly scholarships to the California Maritime Academy in 1993. Learn more about the students who have gone through our program here.