About the Maine                    Pilotage Commission



The MRSA 38 § 89 requires the Maine Pilotage Commission to be comprised of seven individuals who are citizens of the United States and Maine and appointed by the Governor as follows:


· Three licensed pilots who are active in pilotage representing each of the Commission’s coastal zones;


· Two members who are not licensed pilots but are from a maritime industry that utilizes pilots; and


· Two members representing the public who are not licensed pilots but have a maritime background.



Captain Charles Weeks  -  Commission Chairperson; Professor Emeritus, Maine Maritime    Academy with over 50 years of shipping & education experience. Master of vessels of unlimited tonnage. Commission member since 1998.


Captain David Gelinas -  President, Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association, Master of vessels of  unlimited tonnage.  Commission member since 1998.                                                            


Captain Gerald Morrison - Eastport and Quoddy area pilot, Master of vessels of   unlimited tonnage. Over 35 years of seagoing and pilotage experience, including extensive tanker experience. Commission member since 1999.                                                                                                                                             


Captain Shawn Moody -  Operations Manager at Chase, Leavitt Ship Agents, Master of     vessels of unlimited tonnage.   Commission member since 1999.                                                                                                                             


Mr. Thomas Dobbins -  Operations consultant to Sprague Energy with over 45 years of      vessel, facility and marine logistics experience. He served as Portland Harbor Commissioner  and holds a Master of near coastal vessels of 100 tons.  Mr. Dobbins also served the Maine marine industry as a Past  President of the Portland Chapter of the Propeller Club of the United States. Commission member since 2013.


Captain John Worth  - Retired  professor, Maine Maritime Academy, relief captain with the Maine State Ferry Service and extensive experience in shipboard operations and prior tug boat company owner. Master of vessels of 1,600 tons. Commission member since 2007.


Mr. Brian Downey  -  Commission Administrator, retired senior Coast Guard officer with 30 years of experience in marine safety and regulatory enforcement.  Licensed deck officer of vessels of unlimited tonnage.  Commission Administrator since 2013.                                                                                                                  


Ms. Kim King - Transportation Planning Specialist with the Maine DOT Office of Freight and   Passenger Services with over 35 years of multi-modal transportation experience.  Liaises and       coordinates administration and financial transactions for the Commission.  Commission Liaison since 2007.



The pilotage program is divided into 3 Coastal Zones of Maine's coastal waters relevant to the commission membership:


  • Calais to Schoodic Point,

  • Schoodic Point to Port Clyde and

  • Port Clyde to Kittery (excepting the port of Portland and Casco Bay).


!0 specific regulated routes are identified within the 3 Coastal Zones as follows:


Route A  Kennebec River (to Bath)


Route B  Penobscot Bay (Including Rockland, Camden, Castine, Belfast, & Searsport)


Route C  Penobscot River (Ft. Point to Bucksport)


Route D  Penobscot River (Bucksport to Bangor)


Route E   Frenchman Bay/Bar Harbor


Route F  Eastport/Quoddy


Route G  Sheepscot River


Route H  Blue Hill Bay


Route I   Somes Sound/

               Eastern Way


Route J   Boothbay Harbor








The Commission & its Members
Maine Pilotage Commission Regulated Zones & Routes