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