Government Partners

Federal and State Government Partners

In addition to these nonprofit organizations, the Bar Pilots partner with the United States Coast Guard, United States Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect our waterways and wildlife. More information about our partners can be found on our Partners Page.


United States Coast Guard

The San Francisco Bar Pilots work closely with the United States Coast Guard to further their mission of maritime safety and security in the Bay. Learn more here.

United States Department of Homeland Security

The San Francisco Bar Pilots are the first persons to board foreign vessels entering US waters and we work closely with the US Department of Homeland Security to ensure domestic security.

United States Army Corps of Engineers 

This agency continually surveys and calculates the depth of the waterways through which the San Francisco Bar Pilots safely navigate ships.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

This federal agency publishes the nautical charts used for navigation. They also provide highly accurate information related to tides, current, swell, and weather. This information is absolutely essential for ensuring the safe and efficient transits of commercial vessels.

State and Local ​

San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee

In 1990, the California State Legislature established Harbor Safety Committees throughout the State of California. In 1991, the Harbor Safety Committee of the San Francisco Bay Region developed a Harbor Safety Plan that encompasses San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun Bays. The Harbor Safety Plan is a living document that is routinely reviewed and updated. Annual Reports are submitted to the State Administrator.

The Committee operates under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response and is administered by the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region. The Harbor Safety Committee monthly meetings are open to the public. Please visit the Marine Exchange website for additional information. 

California Board of Pilot Commissioners

This is a governor-appointed state board with broad regulatory oversight over the San Francisco Bar Pilots. You can learn more about the licensing process here.

Northern California Maritime Security Committee 

This federally mandated committee helps coordinate planning, information sharing, and other vital activities to advance the security of the regional Marine Transportation System. You can learn more about this committee here.