Did you know large cargo ships have pilots just like airplanes? Both ship and airplane pilots alike transport goods or people from one destination to another. To perform their duties, pilots need safe departure and landing destinations. For airplane pilots, a clean and safe tarmac is necessary for their job. For ship pilots, sufficient channel depth and waterways are critical for the local region's goods movement.
When a channel isn’t dredged, sediment builds on the creek bed which decreases the channel depth and leads to difficult conditions for boat pilots to navigate. The continued maintenance ensures large cargo ships can bring in materials needed for regional projects and serves the recreational community creating safe conditions for all vessels, crews and visitors.
We recognize the San Francisco Bar Pilots who diligently traverse our waterways, piloting the vessels that visit our Port.