Ensuring a safe flow of ship traffic to and from
Los Angeles Harbor, the Los Angeles Port Pilots maintain
round-the-clock service. Based at Berth 68, pilots board
arriving vessels in the vicinity of the Los Angeles
Sea Buoy to guide incoming ships to dock. They also
provide assistance to outbound ships.
The Los Angeles Pilot Service dates back to 1907, when
the Port of Los Angeles was founded. Today, the Pilot
service employs 31 dedicated professional, combining
the skills of pilots, dispatchers and boat crew to provide
expert pilotage services to Port of Los Angeles customers.
The mission of the Los Angeles Pilot Service is to
provide safe, reliable and efficient pilotage and marine
services. Over the last decade, the Los Angeles Pilots
have safely completed more than 52,000 vessel movements.
They are amongst the best-trained pilots in the maritime
industry. After a rigorous two-year training program,
each pilot attends manned-model shiphandling courses
in Grenoble, France, once every four years. Each pilots
also attends ship simulator training every two years.
The Los Angeles Pilots have an average of 33 years
of marine experience and 16 years of piloting experience
in San Pedro Bay.
For more information, or to request
a printed copy, contact the following:
Port of Los Angeles Pilots
425 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA, 90731
To obtain additional information
about vessel traffic monitoring in Los Angeles
Harbor, contact the Southern
California Marine Exchange at (310) 832-6411.