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