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Maine Pilotage Commission

Safeguarding Maine's Coastal Communities.

Upcoming Public Hearing


July 2, 2024 - 10:30 am 

Maine DOT

Room 216

16 State House Station 

Child Street

Augusta, ME 04333-0016

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Mission Statement

The Maine Pilotage Commission provides a system of state pilotage that:


  • offers maximum safety from the dangers of navigation for vessels entering or leaving the waters of the State of Maine, 

  • is devoted to the safety of vessels, crew, and cargo, and the continuing protection of the environment, and vessels, 

  • provides high standards for proficiency, 

  • enhances commerce and navigation, and 

  • educates the public about the role of pilotage.

Pilotage Zones

The Maine Pilotage Commission overseas 10 pilotage routes throughout the state.  The Portland Harbor Commission oversees pilotage in the Port of Portland under an independent system.


38 § 86 of the MSRA requires that every foreign vessel and every American vessel under registry with a draft of 9 feet or more are required to employ a state licensed pilot. 



The Commission

The MRSA 38 § 89 requires the Maine Pilotage Commission to be comprised of seven individuals who are citizens of the United States and Maine and appointed by the Governor as follows:


· Three licensed pilots who are active in pilotage representing each of the Commission’s coastal zones;


· Two members who are not licensed pilots but are from a maritime industry that utilizes pilots; and


· Two members representing the public who are not licensed pilots but have a maritime background.


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