Biscayne Bay Pilots Assn. Celebrates 100 Years
The Biscayne Bay Pilots Association (BBPA) is comprised of harbor pilots who serve the Port of Miami’s maritime traffic needs. The group hosted a centennial celebration dinner at the Port of Miami, marking 100 years of collaboration with the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County in the growth of the local maritime industry. The reception was emceed by Chairman Captain John Jacobsen who accepted proclamations from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Guests enjoy viewing an exhibit of photos showing the progress of the port during the last 100 years and the BBPA’s role in it. Miami’s harbor pilots have safely handled the navigation of hundreds of thousands of ships during the last century; they currently pilot approximately 7,000 ships sailing in and out of Biscayne Bay annually. Miami pilots stand 12-hour watches on a rotating schedule and are open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Pictured: Capt. Chris Scraba, US Coast Guard; William Johnson, Port of Miami; Capt. John Jacobsen, BBPA; and Capt. Andrew Melick, BBPA.