If you are interested in ordering a pilot, please review the information in this section and call our dispatcher at 206.448.4455. Please reserve your pilot during the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, but this number is staffed 24/7 in case of emergency.
Puget Sound Pilots provides pilotage service for all U.S. ports and places East of 123 degrees 24′ W longitude in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, including Puget Sound and adjacent inland waters. Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels except those under enrollment or engaged exclusively in the coasting trade on the west coast of the continental United States (including Alaska) and/or British Columbia.
For complete information on vessel requirements and restrictions, please consult the General Guidelines for Vessels Transiting Restricted Waterways or Ports.
Pilotage should be arranged 24 hours in advance through the vessel’s agent or by calling Puget Sound Pilots at
206 . 448 . 4455.
Port Angeles is the designated pilot station for all vessels en route to or from the sea. The pilot station is located on Ediz Hook. The embarkation area is located about a mile NW of Ediz Hook Light (see NOAA chart 18468). There are two 22-meter pilot boats with white hulls and orange houses. The pilot station and pilot boats are equipped with radar and AIS to locate and track vessels. Radio communication can be made by calling Port Angeles Pilot Station on VHF-FM channel 13.
Vessels desiring a pilot should proceed to a point about one mile NW of Ediz Hook Light where the pilot will board the vessel. A pilot ladder is to be rigged in compliance with SOLAS regulations on the leeward side about one meter above the water. When approaching the boarding area, vessels are requested to monitor VHF-FM channel 13, and maintain a steady course and speed of between 6 and 8 knots when the pilot boat comes alongside.