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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”
- Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
- Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
- Make nautical maps.
- Maintain ship logs.
- Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
- Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
- 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.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
- Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
- 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.
- Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
- Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
- Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
Related Technology & Tools
- Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems
- Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Rescue slings
- Safety harnesses
- Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
- Two way radios
- Immersion suits
- Shipboard radar
- Personal computers
- Navigational compasses
- Dynamic positioning DP systems
- Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
- Echo sounders
- Life jackets
- Global positioning systems GPS
- Container ships
- Oil tanker ships
- Cruise ships
- Laptop computers
- Ship-to-shore radios
- Wind gauges
- Desktop computers
- Voyage management systems VMS
- Bulk carriers
- Integrated bridge systems
- Surveillance binoculars
- Thermal protective aids TPA
- Mechanical pilot hoists
- Pilot ladders
- Chemical tankers
- Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
- Log book software
- Navigational chart software
- Maptech The CAPN