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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
- Barge Pilot
- Bar Pilot
- Area Relief Pilot
Tasks for “Canal Driver”
- Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
- Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
- Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
- Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
- Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
- Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
- Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
- Make nautical maps.
- Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
- Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
- Maintain ship logs.
- Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
- Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
- Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
- Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
Related Technology & Tools
- Immersion suits
- Bulk carriers
- Laptop computers
- Integrated bridge systems
- Navigational compasses
- Voyage management systems VMS
- Shipboard radar
- Thermal protective aids TPA
- Two way radios
- Mechanical pilot hoists
- Dynamic positioning DP systems
- Wind gauges
- Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
- Chemical tankers
- Desktop computers
- Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
- Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems
- Safety harnesses
- Cruise ships
- Container ships
- Echo sounders
- Personal computers
- Life jackets
- Rescue slings
- Global positioning systems GPS
- Pilot ladders
- Oil tanker ships
- Ship-to-shore radios
- Surveillance binoculars
- Maptech The CAPN
- Log book software
- Navigational chart software
- Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral