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Rhode Island State Pilotage Commission

The Rhode Island State Pilotage Commission was establised to: provide maximum safety from the dangers of navigation for vessels entering or leaving the waters of this state; to maintain a state pilotage system devoted to the preservation and protection of lives, property, and vessels entering or leaving waters of this state at the highest standard of efficiency; and, to insure an adequate supply of pilots well qualified for the discharge of their duties.

The Rhode Island State Pilotage Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month with the exceptions of July & August. Meetings are held at the Department of Environmental Management, Division of Law Enforcement offices at 235 Promenade Street, Providence Rhode Island. Meetings are open to the general public. One public hearing is required to be held each year for the purposes of reviewing any proposed changes to the Pilot Regulations, to assess the need for new pilots and to take comments from the public, and all other matters under the jurisdiction of the Commission.


Captain E. Howard McVay, Jr., Chairman
Larry Mouradjian
Frank Floor
Captain J. Peter Fritz

Gary Powers, ESQ, Legal Counsel to the Commission
Joanne Scorpio, Secretary to the Commission



RI State Licensed pilots are required to report to the Commission any of the following occurrences.

  • Grounding, striking of a submerged object, or unintended contact with any object or vessel. Loss or reduction of vessel main propulsion. Loss of electrical power. Loss of, or an improperly working gyro. Loss of steering.
  • Damage to vessel, dock, or terminal during docking or undocking.
  • Emergency use of an anchor. Loss of an anchor.
  • Complain against a pilot for excessive speed, wake, or any damage caused by a vessel.

Report of Accident/Occurrence/Incident Form

Roster of RI State Pilots, Probationary & Apprentice Pilots
Roster as of 2/2/17 with license dates
Full Branch Narrgansett Bay
Capt. Joseph Maco (*) July 1981
Capt. E. Howard McVay Jr March 1987
Capt. Clinton Walker December 2006
Capt. Vincent Kirby June 2007
Capt. Richard Astles June 2008
Capt. Sean Bogus April 2012
Capt. Dave Gray February 2017
Probationary: Narragansett Bay
Capt. Adam Sanford February 2016
Apprentice: Narragansett Bay
Capt. Dale Harper September 2016
Block Island Sound
Capt. Dale Harper February 2016
(*) Denotes retired from the “Rotation roster”.