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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”
- 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.
- Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
- Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
- Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
- Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
- Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
- Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
- 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 ship logs.
- Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
- Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
- Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
- 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.
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
Related Technology & Tools
- Bulk carriers
- Cruise ships
- Pilot ladders
- Safety harnesses
- Shipboard radar
- Surveillance binoculars
- Thermal protective aids TPA
- Ship-to-shore radios
- Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Oil tanker ships
- Life jackets
- Container ships
- Personal computers
- Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems
- Navigational compasses
- Chemical tankers
- Immersion suits
- Two way radios
- Desktop computers
- Global positioning systems GPS
- Voyage management systems VMS
- Mechanical pilot hoists
- Rescue slings
- Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
- Laptop computers
- Echo sounders
- Wind gauges
- Dynamic positioning DP systems
- Integrated bridge systems
- Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
- Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
- Log book software
- Navigational chart software
- Maptech The CAPN