All St. Johns Bar Pilots and Fernandina 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 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