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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has commissioned the members of the BOSTON HARBOR PILOT ASSOCIATION for all vessels entering and departing the Port of Boston.

The BOSTON HARBOR PILOT ASSOCIATION has safely piloted vessels on the waters of Boston Harbor since 1783.


All State Commissioned Boston Harbor Pilots are required to hold the highest professional mariners endorsement obtainable from the United States Coast Guard, Unlimited Ocean Master.

We have served in the same capacity as the ship captains calling on the port.

We are the highest skilled and trained mariners servicing the District. No one else operating in the harbor can make that claim, or hold that experience.


We are the only state and federal pilotage service operating 24/7/365. The BOSTON HARBOR PILOT ASSOCIATION services vessels from the Sea to the dock, including professional Docking and Undocking service.