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 Game to protect our waterways and wildlife. More information about these partnerships 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 Bar Pilots are the first to board foreign vessels entering US waters, and work closely with the US Department of Homeland Security to ensure domestic security.

United States Army Corps of Engineers 

This group continually surveys and calculates the depth of waterways that the Bar Pilots use to safely navigate ships through local waters.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

This organization provides essential, highly accurate information related to tides, swells, wind, which is absolutely essential for ensuring the safe passage of large vessels.

State and Local ​

San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee

In 1990, the California State Legislature established harbor committees throughout the state of California. In 1991, the Harbor Committee of the San Francisco Bay Region developed a harbor safety plan that encompasses San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun Bays. This safety plan is reviewed monthly, and annual reports are submitted to the state level administrator for review and comment. 

The committee operates under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response and is administered by the SF Marine Exchange. 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 that oversees the state licensing process for 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 necessary activities to aid the security of the Marine Transportation System. You can learn more about this committee here, and review committee actions here.