Pilots' modern existence began in 1959 when Captain James G. Stillwaggon,
along with Captains Fred Patykewich, Sam Sorensen, and Ed Davies,
purchased a "coast pilot" business from long-time federal
pilot, Capt. Joe Stevens. Capt. Dave Kennedy joined the group
a few years later and the core of this new federal pilot group
was formed. Interport Pilot's Associates' first office was established
in Manhattan at 61 Whitehall Street.
early pilot work that was done by Interport consisted of "port
to port" work that did not require the use of a pilot boat
and did not include boarding vessels arriving from sea. A pilot
might typically take a vessel out of New York harbor and then
ride the vessel to the entrance of the Cape Cod Canal where he
would re-commence piloting the vessel through the canal and on
into Boston harbor, hence the name "Interport". It was
several years after the initial purchase of the business that
Interport began boarding ships at sea using the pilot boat "Carp",
an 83' long ex-Coast Guard vessel operated by a local New Jersey
fisherman. Prior to this new development the only pilots boarding
vessels bound to/from sea were the local state pilots.
local geography of New York Harbor dictated that New Jersey would
be the best location to operate a land-based pilot launch service
so it wasn't long before Interport moved its office from lower
Manhattan to New Jersey where we've made our home for over forty
1983 Interport Pilots Associates was reorganized as Interport
Pilots Agency, Inc. In 1990 Interport's present officers were
elected marking a changing of the guard with the same dedication
to safety, economy, and excellence remaining as the focus of Interport's
service to our customers.
Interport Pilots is the only multi-port federal pilot group in
the nation. Our area of operations extends over six states and
St. Croix, USVI, and includes nearly 300 miles of license coverage.
Interport operates four pilot vessels, the newest of which is
the 50' twin screw all aluminum "P/V Interport Pilot"
delivered in October 2003. This full service pilot group boards
U.S. vessels in the domestic trades at sea bound for ports on
the Delaware River, New York harbor and Long Island Sound. In
doing so we are the only alternative to the state pilot monopolies
that operate in these areas and we offer rates that are less than
half of the state pilot monopoly rates. In addition, Interport offers pilot service for the
C and D canal to Baltimore, and docking and shifting services
in New York harbor.