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Welcome to the St. Johns Bar Pilot Association website. The St. Johns Bar Pilot Association is an elite group of carefully chosen mariners who have demonstrated exceptional qualities of skill, dedication and commitment to service to the maritime industry. All St. Johns Bar Pilots are licensed unlimited Master Mariners and hold licenses as First Class Pilots from the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of Florida, Department of Professional Regulation and State Board of Pilot Commissioners. The Pilot serves as an expert guide to ensure the safe navigation of ships from sea to their berth in the port.

"As watchdogs of the maritime environment surrounding our state, we know firsthand the dangers faced while entering or exiting Florida's deepwater ports. As experts in ship handling and navigation, we are trained in the intricate details and local conditions of each of port. Harbor pilots ensure the safe transit of all vessels and keep our state's ports out of harm's way - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year."
-Capt. Joe Brown

Port of Jacksonville Facility
Controlling Depth Committee

Contact our dispatchers directly by sending your ETA information to: or by calling (904) 246-6716

VHF Radio


  • Dispatch/Working Channel 14 - 156.700 Mhz
  • Monitoring Channel 16 - 156.800 Mhz
  • Monitoring Channel 13 - 156.650 Mhz
  • Working Channel 17 - 156.850 Mhz

Daily Schedule