FHPA’s state-regulated and licensed harbor pilots have been taking navigational control of foreign flagged cargo and cruise ships and directing their movement into and out of Florida’s ports for decades.
Harbor pilots possess intimate local knowledge of their ports and are specially trained in shiphandling in narrow channels. Harbor pilots assist local, state and federal authorities with seaport development, new ship operations and port security.
Harbor pilots are the watchdogs for the numerous foreign flagged cargo and cruise ships coming in and out of our state’s ports, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Without harbor pilots, the lives and safety of the people of Florida and the protection of the state’s ports and coastal environment would be at risk.