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
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.
Roster of RI State Pilots, Probationary & Apprentice PilotsRoster 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”.|