When we are not piloting ships, the BC Coast Pilots also review changes to shipping routes, make recommendations for the protection of marine habitat and evaluate the impacts of proposed new projects.
BC Pilots have been in the business of keeping 15,000 miles of the province’s waters safe since the mid-1800’s and have an exceptional safety record and provide independent service to every company across the shipping industry.
From Alaska to the southern Canadian border, under the Pilotage Act, we are mandated to board and guide any foreign ship coming in or out of BC’s ports for safety, efficiency and environmental protection.
Canada has over 500 port facilities, 800 fishing harbours, and 120 recreational harbours.
Marine shipping accounts for $200 billion worth of trade in the country.
3,500 cargo and cruise ships pass through BC's coastal waters each year
13,000 pilotage assignments to safely transport cargo, bulk, containers, vehicles, cruise ships, tankers, vehicles and more
Port of Vancouver’s cruise terminal welcomes over 900,000 passengers each year.
400,000 vehicles transported through the Port of Vancouver annually
Over 6 million tonnes of grain flow through the Port of Prince Rupert
Almost 900,000 tonnes of wood pellets shipped to and from the Port of Prince Rupert
Who are the Coast Pilots?
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Every time a BC Coast Pilot boards a vessel, they utilize a lifetime of knowledge to make important decisions that keep navigation and our coastlines safe. A Pilot’s judgement includes consideration of vessel performance, regulatory requirements, and local conditions which when combined with experience shapes how to best guide a vessel through BC’s waterways.
B.C. Coast Pilots continue to work 24/7 during the Covid-19 pandemic keeping 15,000 miles of the province's coastline safe while maintaining the global supply chain moving. We want to highlight the work done by these devoted Pilots and shine a light on the people behind the safe movement of ships on our coast.
BC Coast Pilots compulsory pilotage area
The blue shaded areas indicate where foreign ships are required to take a licensed marine pilot
Red lines show common routes of vessels under pilotage
Grey lines show routes outside of compulsory pilotage areas