January 30, 2018

150th Anniversary of Washington state’s first Pilotage Act

2018 marks the 150th Anniversary of Washington’s Pilotage Act! Since 1868 it’s been State and Puget Sound pilots’ mission to “ensure against the loss of lives and loss of- or damage to – property and vessels, and to protect the marine environment by maintaining efficient and competent pilotage service on our state’s inland waters within the Puget Sound Pilotage District”.

In its 150 years history, the Pilotage Act has successfully handled nearly 250,000 vessel assignments, and more than three decades have passed without a major incident in Puget Sound.

To acknowledge the Pilots’ work, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, proclaimed January 30, 2018, as 150th Anniversary of the Pilotage Act Day during Washington Maritime Day commemoration on January 19.

View the 1867-1868 Statutes Extract Washington Pilotage Act signed 1868.

Read the Proclamation and history of the Pilotage Act.


Photo: Mike Moore, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association; Sheri Tonn, Pilotage Commission Chair; Linda Styrk, Puget Sound Pilots Executive Director; Capt. Eric vonBrandenfels, Puget Sound Pilots President; Joshua Berger, Governor’s Maritime Sector Lead (read Proclamation); Eleanor Kirtley, Pilotage Commissioner (and Green Marine Program Manager); Capt. Michael Anthony, Pilotage Commissioner; Jaimie Bever, Pilotage Commission Executive Director; Jordan Royer, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

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