Alaska Yacht Services

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The State of Alaska requires mandatory pilotage in Alaskan waters for foreign flagged vessels over 65’ length over all (LOA). Vessels more than 65’ in overall length (LOA) and less than 175’ LOA are eligible for exemption from pilotage upon approval from the State pilot board. Vessels more than 125’ and less than 175’, regardless of an exemption, are required to have a pilot upon arrival to their first Alaskan port. A pilotage exemption does not apply to the areas of Wrangell Narrows or Peril Strait, in Southeast Alaska, and if transiting these areas, a pilot must be employed. Vessels more than 175’ LOA are not eligible for an exemption from pilotage in Alaskan waters. State regulations require a registered agent to facilitate pilotage exemptions. As a general rule applications should be submitted a minimum of 30 days before arrival.

State of Alaska regulations require vessels over 400 Gross Tons to have a current Alaska COFR and Oil Spill Response Plan in effect, prior to arrival in Alaska waters.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Cruising permits can be issued, but not renewed while in Alaskan waters. In addition, if your vessel has been outside the US in the past two years, proof of USCBP agricultural inspection is required. These inspections can be conducted in most large US ports, and in the Alaskan ports of Ketchikan and Kodiak.

Permits are required to enter Glacier Bay National Park, Anan Creek Bear Observatory and Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary.

Please contact us for more information regarding documentation and permits.