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