Pilotage Rate Board
The Massachusetts Pilotage Rate Board determines the rates to be charged by pilots commissioned under Massachusetts General Law to ensure the safe navigation of vessels within the waters of the commonwealth and to ensure that the most qualified individuals are retained as commissioned pilots.
The shore line of the Commonwealth is divided into four pilot districts as follows:
District 1 is comprised of the harbor of Boston and shall include all places or landings accessible to vessels from the sea within the limits of Egg Rock, now or formerly known as Nahant Rock or Nahant Head, on the North, and Point Allerton on the South.
District 2 includes all landing places accessible to vessels from the sea situated between the New Hampshire state line on the North and Egg Rock on the south, including rivers, bays and sounds adjacent thereto.
District 3 includes all landing places accessible to vessels from the sea situated between Point Allerton on the North and the Rhode Island state line on the West, with all such landing places on the Elizabeth Islands and in the counties of Nantucket and Dukes, including rivers, bays and sounds adjacent thereto, and the Cape Cod Canal.
District 4 includes all landing places on Mount Hope bay and the Taunton River situated within the Commonwealth.
Pilot Commissioners' Duties
Per Massachusetts General Law and its Code of Regulations, the Commissioners of Pilots, subject to the approval of the trustees of the Boston Marine Society, formulate rules and regulations for marine pilotage in Massachusetts.
The Commissioners are required to cause the laws and regulations for pilotage within their district to be duly observed and executed, and receive, hear and determine complaints by and against pilots for their districts.
The Commissioners also, in accordance with applicable rules and regulations, grant commissions as pilots for their districts or for special locations therein, to persons as they consider competent.
The Commissioners may, also upon satisfactory evidence of misconduct, carelessness or neglect of duty, suspend or revoke pilot commissions.
Notice of Meeting
Due to the Covid-19 crisis the Pilot Commissioners’ and Boston Marine Society’s office are temporally closed. The commissioners brief the Trustees of the Boston Marine Society via telephone on 2nd Tuesday of every month. Included in this briefing is the monthly ship report and report on any other business that has come before the Pilot Commissioners. If you would like to receive a summary of this briefing please contact the Pilot Commissioners at