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Command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 53-5021.03
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Pilots, Ship”.
Also Known As…
- Pilots, Ship
- Towboat Pilot
- State Pilot
- Ship Pilot
- River Pilot
- Relief Docking Master
- Marine Pilot
- Harbor Pilot
- Docking Pilot
- Boat Pilot
- Towing Pilot
- Steamboat Pilot
- Speedboat Driver
- School Boat Driver
- Relief Pilot
- Package Line Relief Operator
- Master Pilot
- Maritime Pilot
- Ferryboat Pilot
- Ferry Pilot
- Canal Driver
- Barge Pilot
- Area Relief Pilot
Tasks for “Bar Pilot”
- Make nautical maps.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
- Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
- Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
- Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
- Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
- Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
- Maintain ship logs.
- Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
- Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
- Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
- Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
- Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
- Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
- Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
- Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
Related Technology & Tools
- Dynamic positioning DP systems
- Wind gauges
- Ship-to-shore radios
- Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
- Global positioning systems GPS
- Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Mechanical pilot hoists
- Pilot ladders
- Life jackets
- Surveillance binoculars
- Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
- Two way radios
- Laptop computers
- Echo sounders
- Rescue slings
- Bulk carriers
- Safety harnesses
- Oil tanker ships
- Shipboard radar
- Personal computers
- Navigational compasses
- Thermal protective aids TPA
- Container ships
- Chemical tankers
- Voyage management systems VMS
- Cruise ships
- Immersion suits
- Integrated bridge systems
- Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems
- Desktop computers
- Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
- Navigational chart software
- Maptech The CAPN
- Log book software