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Environmental Protection
On every ship and every trip, we remain stewards of the waterways.
Embracing New Technology
By applying leading edge innovation, we safely move large vessels.
Economic Engine
Efficiently moving goods and people, we expertly guide ships in and out of our harbours.
Our Mission
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.
Our Mandate
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.

Who are the Coast Pilots?


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.
Environmental Conservation
Learn about Marine Pilots
Project Development
BC Coast Pilots use the latest innovations when it comes to ship movement.
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Miles of Coast
Pilotage Assignments
Years of Service

BCCP Latest News




New recommendations for Active Pass and Porlier Pass

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.



Throwback Photos of BC Coast Pilots at work

Our Pilots use vast knowledge of local waters to protect B.C.’s ecologically-sensitive marine habitat by guiding ships safely in and out of ports and waterways. Here are some throwback shots all taken on our beautiful coast.



Feature Pilot: Captain Peter Vivian

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.


For more information on the BC Coast Pilots, please email us at bccp@bcpilots.com  
For press and media requests, please contact  BC Coast Pilots at bccp@bcpilots.com
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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